By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
Chimney swifts are a small bird. At birth, they are no larger than the end of a pinky finger. Gray-brown in color, they are most recognizable for their long, curved wings. But to Deanna Krambeer, nothing compares to their eyes.
“They’re so beautiful,” she said. “They have these deep brown eyes you could just fall into.”
Krambeer admitted she didn’t know much about chimney swifts until she and her husband, Harold, got involved with the Friends of the Sherman Swift Tower, an organization that, from 2008-2009, worked to recreate the Sherman Swift Tower in National. Designed by local, self-taught ornithologist Althea Sherman, the original tower (and the replica) was 28 feet tall, with a 14-foot wooden chimney, which is a swift’s favorite place to nest.