Fascinated by those charming Vaux’s swifts? Enjoy watching them circle the chimney and enter in a whirl in August and September? Want to learn more and also become an ambassador, sharing your knowledge and the fun? Then come join us at the Docent Training this coming Wednesday, Aug. 24th.
Volunteer docents welcome visitors and provide information about the Vaux’s swifts in the evening during the first few weeks of September. Many docents enjoy participating in Swift Night Out (September 10 this year). The number of hours that each docent volunteers depends entirely on each person’s availability.
There will be a short training for those interested in becoming Docents on the auditorium steps in front of Wagner Center (639 West Main Street, Monroe) on Wednesday, August 24th, at 7:30 p.m. We should have time for the basic training, signing up on the Docent Calendar, and still be able to watch the swifts settle into the chimney for the evening.
Susie Schaefer will bring the training information along with lemonade and cookies for those interested in being docents.
Please call Susie Schaefer before August 24th so there will be enough training materials and cookies that night — be sure to leave your name and number. Please call 425-771-4165 or 425-478-9383 (or you can text to this number). If you get a chance, please go to www.vauxhappening.org before the training.
Another turn around the sun and here we are ready for Swift Night Out!
Please join us for a family-fun-filled evening. See your neighbors – both feathered and not – and partake in games, crafts, learning, and food. A chance for some nice quality time together as our wonderful Vauxies swirl overhead!
Where: 639 West Main Street, Monroe
Time: 4 p.m. to dusk.
- Wildlife Education Booths
- Children’s Games and Crafts
- Vaux’s Swift Research Station
- Spaghetti Feed Dinner for $6.50
- Swift Headbands
Free entry and parking.
The little Voxies are on their way back up north. Check out our Spring 2016 Migration page for the current counts.
Hey, check out our latest and greatest brochure, in PDF format here!
And see you TOMORROW at Swift Night Out!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 12, so you don’t miss the return of the Vaux’s (pronounced “voxes”) Swifts to the Wagner Center chimney in Monroe as they migrate south for the winter.
Celebrate the arrival of one of the largest congregations of Vaux’s Swifts in North America while watching thousands of these small birds squeezing themselves into a 31-foot tall, 4-foot square chimney in just minutes. As many as 26,000 Vaux’s Swifts have been observed entering this chimney in one evening (September 7, 2010).
More details on the event can be found here.
Click here for a new brochure chock full of information on our swifties and the Swift Night Out celebration, Sat, Sept. 13th. It also has handy information about other times you can see them.
You MUST check out this new story on our website about a wonderful rescue of some baby swifts!
Check out this great article in the Herald of Everett on our Vauxies!
Creative Plans to Help Vaux’s Swifts