Vaux's Swift Roost in Monroe School Chimney
Each September thousands of migrating Vaux's Swifts pause to roost in the old brick chimney at Frank Wagner Elementary School in Monroe, a rest stop on their route from northwestern Canada to Central America and Venezuela.
An unforgettable spectacle unfolds each evening when the Vaux's are in town. About an hour before sunset they begin to gather, circling the chimney in growing numbers. All at once as the sun goes down, they whisk into the chimney - tails first!
There can be as many as 20,000 Vaux's on an evening during the first weeks of September, and the birds keep coming in smaller numbers even into early October.
Swift Night Out
Join Eastside Audubon and other local organizations at Swift Night Out, an annual festival held on a Saturday evening in September to celebrate the peak of the Vaux's migration in Monroe. For this year's details, visit the Monroe Swifts website.
Save Our Swifts Committee
SOS was formed to study the migration of the Vaux's Swifts and to preserve their habitat. Backed by Eastside Audubon, Pilchuck Audubon, and other groups, the committee in 2010 completed a successful campaign to save the Frank Wagner Elementary chimney from demolition. SOS continues its work of conservation and education.
How Can I Help the Swifts?
For more information on how you can help the swifts, visit the Get Involved page at Monroe Swifts.
Monroe Swifts! Official website, with Swift Night Out details, live video, volunteer info, and more
Vaux's Swift on Eastside Audubon Facts and photos in the Bird Gallery
Vaux's Happening Photos, videos, and citizen science at the website for research on Vaux's Swifts in the Pacific Northwest