Swift Night Out was a success by all accounts! Families came out with little ones in strollers, traveling visitors who had heard about the event on the radio stopped by, and a wonderful patchwork of long-standing members and new donors enjoyed the evening. From tamales to face-paint, its wasn't just swift-watching that made the evening enjoyable. Of course, the Vaux Swifts, the star of the show, did appear right on cue, around dusk, to swoop and swarm the chimney of the Foley Building. Thanks to all of you who made the night such a fabulous success, and to those of you who missed it: hope to see yo next year!
The swifts are back alright! Last night our swift observer counted more than 1,000 of the small acrobats swooping in loops and then tumbling into the Foley chimney. We’re hoping for more this evening as the weather conditions remain perfect. So plenty to celebrate at Swift Night Out this Friday evening-5 pm to dusk. Don't forget your lawn chairs and binoculars, and please note that the clinic parking lot on Jefferson will be closed-that’s the best location for swift-watching.
See you Friday!
(If Friday doesn't work for you, head down to Max Square around 7 pm for a private viewing).
Close to 200 swifts were observed at the Foley roost last night by our event coordinator Katie Boula.
“I was SO glad to see the birds last evening” she says. “Thousands have been recorded in the Willamette Valley, and as far east as Montana, but the birds are just now arriving in southern and eastern Oregon, and I was getting worried. Monitoring over the last few years has indicated a continuing decline in the number of migrants, but overall this year looks to have been a good year for swift reproduction.”
So the party is definitely on! Friday, Sept. 9, Max Square, beginning at 5 pm. Music by House Blend, food vendors, beer (and wine) garden, face painting to transform the young ones into birds, bats and butterflies, Blue Mountains Conservancy's Third Annual Raffle and of course the swift show. Bring your lawn chair, binoculars (we’ll also have a spotting scope set up) and something to bundle up in, and come on down!
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