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Canceled Due to Smoke: Virtual Swift Watch

*This event has been canceled due to smoke.

For nearly three decades the Chapman School Swift Watch has been a beloved fall ritual for Portland Audubon. Joining our community to watch thousands of Vaux’s Swifts swirl into the Chapman School chimney on September evenings is something we truly cherish and look forward to.  This year, however, for the health and safety of all we ask that the community DOES NOT gather at Chapman School to watch the swifts.

Instead, we invite you to join us for a Virtual Swift Watch on Facebook Live. Hear from our Community Science team, learn more about the swifts, and watch their aerial display live from the comfort of your home!

Note: Portland Audubon will continue to monitor the birds, and we will explore opportunities to bring the experience to you in different ways this fall.

Vaux's Swifts gather above the chimney at Chapman Elementary School against a purple sky.
Vaux's Swifts, photo by Tara Lemezis

Please note that the Chapman School grounds are not open to the public, and the school has requested that people do not congregate at the site. There will not be resources in place to deal with parking, crowd management, garbage cleanup and other logistics necessary to make Swift Watch a success, and the crowds that Swift Watch attracts are far too large to allow for safe COVID-19 distancing. 

We urge the community to respect this request—large crowds at Chapman will put the community at risk and undermine local support for the birds. For the sake of the birds and our community, please do not go to Chapman this September. 


September 15, 2020
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
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