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Swift Watch

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When: Sep 01, 2014 06:00 PM to Sep 30, 2014 08:00 PM
Eric Scheuering

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.

Chapman-verticalSwift Watch 2014

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

We expect Vaux's Swifts to use the Chapman Elementary School chimney as an evening roost during their fall migration. Grab a seat on the school lawn and in neighboring Wallace Park to watch and listen as the birds gather overhead. On most evenings, Portland Audubon volunteers will be on hand to share information about Vaux's Swifts.


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.

Swift watching has become a popular activity at Chapman, and on many evenings, more than 2,000 people gather to watch these aerial acrobats.

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 Eric Scheuering, escheuering@audubonportland.org

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