Roseburg Spring Swift Watch & World Migratory Bird Day Celebration 2022 – April 22, 29, May 6, 13!

Location:   Fir Grove section of Stewart Park behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center off Harvard Avenue

Dates/Times:   Friday evenings, April 22, 29, May 6, 13. Migratory Bird Day events begin about 6:45 pm.; Vaux’s Swifts generally enter the chimney close to sunset (8:00-8:30).

Vaux's Swifts

Vaux’s Swifts entering Clay Place Chimney

Swift Watch:  Vaux’s Swifts (pronounced “vawks”) nest only in Western North America, migrating to Central and South America for the winter. Each year, Swifts gather in the chimney adjacent to The Clay Place in the Fir Grove section of Stewart Park off Harvard Avenue behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center during their spring and fall migration. At sunset during migration, Swifts gather in the dozens, sometimes hundreds or thousands, to communally roost. In urban settings, these roost sites are often in old industrial chimneys. While numbers vary from year to year, the display can be spectacular.

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society members will be available Friday evenings to serve as interpretive naturalists, with information and brochures about Vaux’s Swifts as well as more general information about birding and our natural world.

Throughout the Spring migration, Audubon members will be participating in a west coast wide data collection effort. The Vaux’s Swift’s natural habitat is old grow forest habitat where they rely on large hollow snags for nesting and roosting. 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.

Dark Skies

World Migratory Bird Day – Dark Skies

World Migratory Bird Day:  The annual Umpqua Valley Migratory Bird Day event will be held in conjunction with Swift Watch in recognition of World Migratory Bird Day (officially May 14)!  World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.  Vaux’s Swifts are just one of the species which migrate seasonally in the Americas.

Light Pollution is the focus of the World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Campaign. Prior to the Vaux’s Swift entering their night roost, there will be activities and displays designed to bring awareness to bird conservation, including a live bird and prehistoric bird displays, and information about the World Migratory Bird Day Campaign – Light Pollution. Each Friday night will be a different bird-related activity for kids. Please join us to celebrate the Spring Migration of birds!

Weather permitting, the “Swifts Sisters and Friends” may join in the fun with Americana music.  If the weather looks good, bring your instrument!

This event is a partnership of Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, the City of Roseburg Parks & Recreation, and supported by several federal and state agencies.

For more information, contact Umpqua Valley Audubon Society at info@umpquaaudubon.org or 541-680-0436.