|When: Sep 01, 2013 06:00 PM to Sep 30, 2013 08:00 PM|
Join us on the lawn most evenings in September at Chapman School for the spectacular display of Vaux's Swifts gathering to roost in the school's chimney.
Swift Watch 2013
What: Watch Vaux's Swifts prepare to roost for the night
When: One hour before sunset, each night in September
Where: Chapman Elementary School in northwest Portland
Vaux’s Swifts are using the Chapman chimney as an evening roost during their fall migration, so grab a seat on the school lawn and in neighboring Wallace Park to observe the birds gathering overhead. On most evenings, Audubon volunteers will be on hand to share information about Vaux's Swifts.
New in 2013
Changes are taking place at this year’s Swift Watch that should make the event more enjoyable for everyone:
- Swift Watch parking is now available at Montgomery Park, located six blocks from Chapman at 2701 NW Vaughn St.
- Street parking near the event is in very short supply, so the City of Portland is increasing parking and traffic enforcement in the Chapman neighborhood.
- Portable bathrooms and additional trash cans will be provided.
- Portland park rangers will be on-site to ensure safety and enforce existing bans on alcohol and tobacco use.
Every year in late August, one of Portland’s most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela. Migrating swifts often use chimneys as roosts (places to sleep), and they are likely to return to the same roost year after year. One population has been returning to Chapman since the 1980s, and it is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux's Swifts.
We Need Your Help!
Please be a good neighbor to Chapman-area residents: 1) Parking is limited, so use other transit options when possible. 2) During the event, leash and pick up after dogs. 3) After the event, pick up your trash and do not loiter on school grounds. 4) It is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages or smoke on public school grounds.
Getting There | Be A Good Neighbor | Swift Natural History | FAQs | Swift Counts
Washington State swift information: Monroe Swifts | Vaux's Happening
Have questions? Contact Steve Engel, email@example.com