Three local organizations are teaming up to offer a free workshop to plant gardens that will feed the birds.
The Aug. 20 workshop, “A Beetle Garden for Tough Times,” is a DodoLab project presented by Musagetes and the Gosling Foundation that aims to attract the insects birds – in particular, chimney swifts – like to eat.
These small grey birds, which nest in hollow trunks of trees and in uncapped chimneys, are in rapid decline, their numbers having dropped approximately 90 per cent over the last 40 years, a news release said.
Many believe the decline is due to dwindling habitat, but a vanishing insect population may also be partly to blame, it said.
“Where they once would have eaten primarily beetles and other hearty bugs, they now survive mainly on less nutritious flies,” it said.
For this reason, DodoLab is exploring what can be done to help these birds, it said. Participants in the workshop, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at DIYode, 71 Wyndham St. S., will build a container garden to take home that is meant to attract beetles.
To reserve a spot in the workshop, call 519-836-7300, ext. 103 or email email@example.com.