Save Our Swifts
A Project to Save the Vaux's Swifts
Our chapter has been instrumental in protecting and researching the Vaux Swifts that travel through Snohomish County twice each year. Starting in 2007, with the realization that the swifts were roosting in an Monroe elementary school chimney which was slated to be torn down, Pilchuck has been involved in saving that chimney and supporting the research needed to protect this declining species. The Frank Wagner Elementary School chimney is one of the most used roosting sites on the Vaux's migratory path and is also the only place on their southern Central America to northern Canada route with video cams installed to observe and learn more about this aerial species. In 2010, we received one of 48 National Innovation Grants from TogetherGreen to support our efforts and we have collaborated with Eastside and Seattle Audubon chapters since then on this project. Please visit this Youtube site to view a video of the roosting swifts at Frank Wagner School during the Swift Night Out event on September 15, 2012. The video was taken by Larry Bridges.
Please visit our web site:
For more info on Swifts
For answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Vaux's Swifts, please click here.
Click here for additional Vaux's Swift info courtesy of Seattle Audubon Society.
This collaborative effort has inspired the creation of a cool and informative website; please visit vauxhappening.org.
For some amazing video from the Monroe Swift Webcam, see wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/vauxcam/
Pilchuck Audubon appreciates and thankfully acknowledges its co-sponsors in this collaborative project:
Help Save the Swifts-Send a Donation Today
Please send your tax deductible donation (payable to Pilchuck Audubon Society, noting "Save the Swifts" on the memo line) to:
Pilchuck Audubon Society
Attention: Carolyn Lacy
1429 Avenue D, PMB 198
Snohomish, WA 98290-1742