Volunteers identify and report roosting sites, and structures being used by Barn Swallows for nesting. This information helps us improve monitoring and stewardship efforts.
Be a Good Barn Swallow "Host"
Barn Swallows nest on human-made structures in locations close to foraging habitat (open and semi-open land such as grasslands, farmland, wetlands, open water, and highways). They choose structures with an overhang to provide protection, a ledge (can be as small as a wire or nail) to support the nest, and a rough vertical surface to which a nest can be attached.
There are many simple steps you can take to be a good host to Barn Swallows: leave doors and windows of your structure (such as a barn or shed) open at all times, and provide a source of mud. You can create additional nesting sites for Barn Swallows by putting up nesting cups or ledges in or on the outside of a structure. As old buildings deteriorate and are demolished, artificial nesting structures for Barn Swallows can be constructed to replace lost breeding habitat.
Read more tips in our printable factsheet, "How to be a Good Barn Swallow Host"
Contact us for more information about becoming a Barn Swallow steward.