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!