All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.

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Conservation Status

Although Barn Swallows are a species of low conservation concern, their numbers have decreased in recent years. Barn swallows have been hunted in the past to supply the hat trade in the nineteenth century and are still hunted in some places as a source of food. Despite this, barn swallows have greatly benefited from human-made structures which they nest on. This has allowed them to greatly expand their breeding range.


Barn swallows can be found foraging in parks, fields, farms, and over open water such as lakes or rivers. Their nesting habitat must include these open areas for foraging as well as a cliff or manmade structure to build their nests off of. These nesting areas must also be near sources of mud, such as a riverbank, which will be used as material for their nests.