With regret, we announce that Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will not be hosting a Fall Swift Watch this year, on the recommendation both of City of Roseburg Parks & Recreation and National Audubon Society.  This has become a Roseburg fall tradition, with art for kids and great Americana music added in recent years attracting upwards of a hundred people on some fall evenings.  But, the success of the event presents challenges at this time and we need to put public health above all.

Chapter members and friends will still participate in the West Coast wide data collection effort by being at the chimney most evenings during the migration to do a census. We know swifts have lost much of their natural habitat and the number of chimneys available for roosting and nesting is also on the decline. Little is known about even the most basic habits of Vaux’s Swifts, to say nothing of how many there actually are. Working in conjunction with our partners up and down the west coast, we hope to fill in some of the data gaps.  Information about the Vaus’s Swift migration and these monitoring efforts is available vauxhappening.org.

For more information, contact Umpqua Valley Audubon Society at info@umpquaaudubon.org.