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Abandoned for the season, this is a tiny portion of the large cliff swallow colony near the Sheyenne Diversion in West Fargo. Keith Corliss / West Fargo Pioneer

Flight Lines: Cliff swallows beneficiaries of RRV manmade structures

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I’ve been racking my brain in an attempt to remember if I’ve ever seen a cliff swallow (petrochelidon pyrrhonota) nest attached to something other than a manmade structure here in the Red River Valley.


I would venture to say that such a scene doesn’t exist and never has. You see the cliff swallow, like a handful of other species, has been the beneficiary of our presence to a great degree.

Without our structures, there was no place for it to be.

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