DRIPPING SPRINGS — To give a home to a threatened family of birds, Boy Scout Alexander Seshan,15, donated a Chimney Swift Tower for the Dripping Springs Ranch Park.
Seshan, a scout with Life Scout Troop 280, constructed the 12-foot tower for Chimney Swift (Chaetura Pelagica) birds, a species that is decreasing in size. The project spanned a total of 150 hours for completion — Seshan started in July and finished at the beginning of August.
“As a scout, I like helping people achieve their goals and seeing them grow,” Seshan said. “I chose the Chimney Swift Tower as my project because I wanted to do something for Dripping Springs Ranch Park, and they said it was needed.”
Chimney Swifts typically make homes in chimneys but sometimes they will use air shafts, wells or reservoirs when chimneys are not available. The birds can be found in Texas during the spring season and they typically arrive in the Hays County area at the beginning of April.