Has anyone else noticed all the birds under the Market Street Bridge? If you’ve been to Coolidge Park recently, you may have seen a lot of small birds flying in and out of mud nests built underneath the bridge.
Some of the cliff swallows’ nests under the Market Street Bridge | Photo by NOOGAtoday
We wanted to know what kind of birds they are and why there are so many of them — specifically under the bridge — so we consulted a local bird expert + checked via a bird identification app and and both sources tell us these are most likely cliff swallows.
Cliff swallow fast facts 🐦 They live near bodies of water. 🐦 Their gourd-shaped mud nests can be found on vertical walls. 🐦 These birds are almost always found in large groups. 🐦 They are aerial foragers + eat insects. 🐦 Colonies average between 100 and 200 nests, with the largest colony reported in Tennessee being 2,500 nests in 1958 Decatur County.
We’d like to write a story identifying some common local birds + where you can spot them.
What are your favorite birds in the area or what birds would you like to learn more about?
Announced ○ Wanderlinger Brewing Co. announced more details about its upcoming music and arts festival, and we’re pretty pumped. The festival will take place on June 18-20 and feature local artists like Lenox Hills, Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers + more to be announced. 🎵
Development ○ Chattanooga Red Wolves owner + developer Bob Martino’s $150 million plan for East Ridge development is close to securing a wetlands permit that will move the project ahead. The planned development will feature hotels, condos, restaurants, and other businesses. 🏗️ (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Coronavirus ○ ICYMI, the Tennessee Department of Health announced that the state isresuming administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine without restrictions. (NewsChannel 9)
Job ○ Volkswagen’s staffing contractor is planning to hireanother 150 production team members for the Chattanooga assembly plant. A hiring event for the company will take place on Apr. 29 at Aerotek Chattanooga (1206 Pointe Centre Dr.) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Edu ○ Chattanooga State Community College recently announced that its 2021 commencement ceremonies will take place in-person throughout the week of May 10. The college will host 35 small ceremonies, with each graduate allowed up to 6 guests. 🎓 ○ Throughout the month of May, Chattanooga State will host multiple virtual information sessions on its Tennessee Reconnect program — a last-dollar scholarship that provides adults the opportunity to earn an associates degree or technical certificate. ○ Sign-ups for Hamilton County Schools’ summer REACH program are now open. The program includes help in English/Language Arts, Math, STEAM, and PE + is being expanded by length and number of sites to combat learning loss during the pandemic. (NewsChannel 9)
Community ○ On May 1, Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians will be selling Girl Scout cookies at Second Missionary Baptist Church from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The final drive-thru cookie sale will be your last chance to stock up on Thin Mints + Samoas for the year. 🍪 ○ The Chattanooga Zoo recently announced that its Serval cat, Usemi, diedat the age of 21 years old. Usemi had been at the zoo since 2002 after being found wandering alone in Chattanooga. ❤️
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This week’s reason to do a little jig — the annual Main Street Farmers Market Spring-A-Ma-Jig. 🙌
What you can expect at the April 28 market: 🍓 A celebration of summer and sun 🍓 Strawberries + more strawberries 🍓 Guest vendors 🍓 Live music 🍓 A bushel of fun
The Main Street Farmers Market can be found every Wednesday, year-round, at 1804 Chestnut St. behind Chattanooga Brewing.
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Learn ○ Create Your Signature Online Course Like a Pro | Tues., Apr. 27 | The Chattery, virtual | $15 | Learn why a signature program is important, how to choose a delivery method, and more techniques to creating an online course you can sell. 💻
TryThis ○ Brewga | Tues., Apr. 27 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Chattanooga Brewing Co. | $15 | Unwind at Brewga Tuesdays with a one hour yoga session + a pint to enjoy during or after class. 🍺
Biz ○ Chattanooga EXPO 2021 | Tues., Apr. 27-Wed., Apr. 28 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Chattanooga Chamber, virtual | Chattanooga’s EXPO event showcases a variety of businesses + products and will feature nationally-recognized speakers from varying industries.
PlanAhead ○ DJ Sandhu Comedy Show | Fri., Apr. 30 | 7:30 + 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $18 | DJ Sandhu has worked with comedy legends Bret Ernst, Carl LaBove, Tommy Davidson, and more. ○ Hands-on gardening workshop | Sat., May 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Crabtree Farms | $30 | The days are sunny + warm, you’ve bought all the plants for a dream garden — now it’s time to learn how to tackle the most popular warm-weather vegetables. 🍅 ○ Applications and Appetizers | Sat., May 1 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 5704 Marlin Rd., building 6000 | Free | Grab lunch + fill out your college application at this event hosted by Chattanooga State Community College featuring appetizers from local food truck vendors.
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