Baylor Senior Engineering Design Project - Bird Blind
Students from Baylor’s Senior Engineering Capstone course have partnered with the Park Superintendent and Maintenance Supervisor at Mother Neff State Park to design and build a solar-powered water feature for the park’s bird blind. Mother Neff State Park is located near McGregor Texas, roughly 30 miles from the Baylor campus. This beautiful state park is a close destination for those in central Texas who love to hike and birdwatch. Due to the unique limestone escarpment and large old-growth cedar trees in the area, the park is home to the endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler and other rare birds such as the Canyon Wren. The park currently has a bird bind for birders, but there is a need for a powered water-feature to attract birds through sound and to provide them a place to bathe.
Funding is being requested so that the Baylor design team can realize their design for a solar-powered water-feature to make this bird blind more operational. Additionally, the team will use the funds to help renovate the current water tank that is located at the bird blind to ensure it stays at a regulated water level and provides a water drip feature to further attract birds.
The design team has already presented their design and plan which has been approved by the Park Superintendent. They are hard at work at making their plan turn into a self-sustaining project. But, they need your assistance. They need to raise $1500 to fully realize their project. The money raised will be used to purchase the various components and build the system before the end of the semester. Please consider partnering with Mother Neff State Park and Baylor University, and our senior students on this project.