Portland Labor Day Weekend Fun: 2012 Vaux’s Swifts Watch @ Chapman School | Pictures & Video

Porltand Swift Watch - the crowd gathers
Portland Swift Watch photo by heathre

Get those instagram filters ready! The 2012 Chapman Swifts Watch starts this Labor Day Weekend in NW Portland. Crowds gather one hour before sunset every night in September to watch thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela! Below are more pictures and a video trailer for “On The Wing”, a documentary film on the Chapman Swifts.

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Chapman Vaux’s Swifts Pictures, Video, History, & Watch Info:

Vaux’s Swift Watch
September 1-30, 2012 | 6-8PM

Chapman School
1445 NW 26th Ave. | Portland, OR 97210
971-222-6119 | More info: audubonportland.org/local-birding/swiftwatch

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Swift Watch 2012

What: Watch Vaux’s Swifts prepare to roost for the night
When: One hour before sunset, each night in September
Where: Chapman Elementary School in northwest Portland

We expect Vaux’s Swifts to use the Chapman chimney as an evening roost during their fall migration. Join us on the school lawn and in neighboring Wallace Park to observe the birds gathering overhead. On most evenings, Audubon volunteers will be on hand to share information about Vaux’s Swifts.

Background

Every year in late August, one of Portland’s most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela.

Migrating swifts often use chimneys as roosts (places to sleep), and they are likely to return to the same roost year after year. One swift population has been returning to the Chapman chimney since the 1980s, and it is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux’s Swifts. More history here: audubonportland.org/wcc/urban/vauxsswift

We Need Your Help!

Please be a good neighbor to Chapman-area residents during Swift Watch:
1) Parking is limited, so use other transit options when possible. 2) During the event, leash and pick up after dogs, and keep an eye on your kids. 3) After the event, pick up your trash and do not loiter on school grounds. 4) It is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages or smoke on public school grounds.

Our Supporters

A big thank-you to our Wild Arts Festival sponsors, whose support makes events like Swift Watch possible.

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Chapman Swifts Pictures

Chapman Swifts silhouette entry
Photo by Dan Viens

 

Chapman Swifts swirl into chimney
Photo by Dan Viens

 

Chapman swifts
Photo by The Debrarian

 

chapman swifts
Photo by Nora Zimmerly

 

Swift Watchers 2
Photo by K. Kendall

 

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On The Wing trailer
Video/Film by Dan Viens

Description: On The Wing is a documentary film that tells the story of Portland’s Chapman Swifts. This trailer gives you a peek at the phenomenon and its cult following. More information at swiftsmovie.com

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