WESTFIELD, NJ — A new development of sorts has gained the local government’s approval: a bird feeder and two avian homes.

Girl Scout Troop 41178 presented its plan for the bird houses to the town council Jan. 28. The troop will become the latest local scout troop to contribute to the redevelopment of the Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary.

What types of birds will flock to the new construction?

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“Anyone is welcome,” one scout answered during the presentation to the council. The troop is slated to install the bird homes this month, the scouts said.

The 2 acres of town-owned land bordered by Summit Avenue, Clifton Street and Tice Place in which the bird houses will be placed has previously received local scouts’ attention.

Prior efforts include the following:

In 2012, a Boy Scout sought to clean up what was then described as a neglected area closed to the public following an excess of dirt biking and vandalism occurring in the 1990s.

Extensive improvements to what were then the forest’s ailing trails continued with another Eagle Scout project in 2013 after Superstorm Sandy.

In September 2019, members of Girl Scout Troop 40861 gained the council’s approval to build bat boxes in the forested area.

In January 2019, a local Boy Scout gained the council’s approval for the installation of 10 bird houses in the preserve.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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