ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School senior Stephen Fowler is en route to becoming an Eagle Scout thanks to his concern about some lesser birds of prey.
To earn Eagle Scout status, Fowler built and installed about 15 nest boxes for kestrel hawks and screech owls. In recognition of his work, Fowler, a member of the Landing-based Scout Troop 188, will be named an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony on June 10.
He attended this week's meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council and was congratulated by Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley who asked him to explain his project.
"I'm a big fan of birding and watching birds, something my father showed me a bit of," Fowler said. "So my big idea was a payback to nature and I thought it would be appropriate to set up nest boxes for endangered species."
He said he built the boxes using "leftover" lumber from several home improvement stores. The boxes were placed in three state parks, he said.
Fowler said he plans to return to the boxes soon to see if they are being used, "something really exciting to see."
Fowler has been accepted into the Florida Institute of Technology where he plans to major in astronomical based studies, according to a profile provided by Troop 188. "His dream is to be part of the NASA space program, have a family, pursue professional firefighting and continue to camp and hike," says the profile.
Fowler's induction ceremony will take place at the Roxbury Fire Co. 2 firehouse at 1 p.m.