UWO plays host to threatened species of bird

December 16, 2007

The University of Western Ontario is being honoured for its hospitable approach to its unique breed of "squatters." Canada's population of chimney swifts, a rare breed of bird, has declined by 95% over the last 40 years. Chimney swifts have found a very comfortable home in the brick-lined chimneys on UWO's main campus, and the university has opted to leave them in peace to nest, and hatch young inside the chimneys. The swift is listed as a threatened bird species.