Spring Migration 2016 Has Started

The little Voxies are on their way back up north.   Check out our Spring 2016 Migration page for the current counts.

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2015 Monroe Swift Brochure

Hey, check out our latest and greatest brochure, in PDF format here!

And see you TOMORROW at Swift Night Out!

 

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Monroe Swift Night Out 2015 Is Here!

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.

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WOW – Wasn’t it Grand?

Check out this report on Swift Night Out – 2014!

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Crowded in that there chimney!

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Brochure on Swift Night Out (And Rest of Migration)

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.

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PLEASE RELEASE ME!

You MUST check out this new story on our website about a wonderful rescue of some baby swifts!

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Great Article On Swifts

Check out this great article in the Herald of Everett on our Vauxies!

Creative Plans to Help Vaux’s Swifts

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Swift Night Out 2014 Is Coming: Sat, Sept 13th!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13, 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). We are hoping for a large turnout of swifts on September 13.

The event runs from 5:00 p.m until dusk. There will be booths with informative displays and nature-related items. One booth allows children and adults to touch actual bird “skins” and to compare the sizes of different species of birds. There will be activities for children plus a spaghetti dinner and hot dog booth with an apple crisp option. And you won’t want to miss Larry Schwitters’ lecture on Vaux’s Swifts at 6:30 p.m.

Docents will be present to answer questions from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. If you are an experienced birder and would like to docent at this event, please contact Susie Schaefer at 425-771-8165.

So, bring your family and friends, a blanket, a folding chair or just sit on the lawn, and watch the swifts’ aerial performances. You will be glad you did! You will leave feeling privileged to have witnessed one of nature’s amazing spectacles!

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Did you know the kids of Monroe are into swifts?

This past year, the students in two elementary schools in Monroe School District, Frank Wagner and Fryelands Elementary, learned about the Vaux’s swifts, their habitat and the unique role Frank Wagner’s chimney plays in providing an important roosting site. Teachers were paid to develop curriculum on the swifts that we are sharing through vauxshappening.org.

In addition, for the second year, Frank Wagner and now Fryelands have an after-school swift club. The club provides art activities, journaling and science projects related to what they have learned about the swifts. Teaching staff to support these clubs were supported by a National Audubon Together Green grant.

It is just so exciting to see the kid’s interest and enthusiasm about the swifts!

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