A SWIFT NIGHT OUT is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts and Vaux’s Swifts. As summer draws to a close and the swifts have finished raising their young, these fascinating aerial acrobats begin to congregate in communal roosts prior to their migration in the fall. Some roosts may consist of an extended family group of a half a dozen birds or so, but the larger sites can host hundreds or even thousands of swifts!
We have Chimney Swifts here on the Bass Islands in many of the older homes and buildings with chimneys-Aquatic Visitor Center,PIB Town Hall as well as several private homes Keep your eyes to the skies at dusk in late July and watch for areas where swifts are feeding. Look for a tall shaft, chimney or similar structure to locate where Chimney Swifts go to roost in your area.
The weekend for the Swift Count is the second weekend in September. We propose those that would like to count on Friday, September 9 at dusk, contact Lisa Brohl so that we can coordinate our numbers here on South Bass. Please let us know if you wantto participate or know where there is a roost of swifts by calling 419-366-2087 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
On this night, volunteers will observe the roost starting about 30 minutes before sunset (7:30pm) and estimate the number of swifts that enter. Check out www.ChinmeySwift.org for more info and some cool videos!