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Swift Night Out: Montgomery
September 3, 2021 , 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location update: The chimney for this Swift Night Out is located at the Lurleen B. Wallace Building, 500 Monroe St., across the street from the state Capitol. The best place to view the chimney is in front of the Capitol building (600 Dexter Ave.) on the sidewalk, steps, or lawn. There should be ample street parking, but there is also a parking deck across Monroe St. from the Lurleen Wallace Building if necessary.
Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 2nd.
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Swift Night Out is back, and we’re partnering with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to have it in Montgomery! Join us as we enjoy the evening with one of our favorite urban birds, the chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica). All ages and abilities welcome!
After these aerial acrobats have fledged their young and cleared out their nests, the entire North American population makes its way south to winter along the remote headwaters of the Amazon River. On their way there, they congregate in huge roosting flocks with as many as two or three thousand birds sharing a single chimney—numbers that make for a tremendous spectacle when they all pour into the tiny opening at once.
Together, we’ll wait for sunset (7:07 p.m.), watch the swifts work themselves up into their nightly “swiftnado,” and then count the number of individuals who enter the roost. Best of all, the data we produce will help researchers at the Chimney Swift Conservation Association (chimneyswifts.org) get a better sense of trends in eastern swift populations and the effects of climate change on these birds’ annual migratory cycle.
The details: Meetup will be at 6:30 p.m. CDT. The chimney for this Swift Night Out is located at the Lurleen B. Wallace Building, 500 Monroe St., across the street from the state Capitol. The best place to view the chimney is in front of the Capitol building (600 Dexter Ave.) on the sidewalk, steps, or lawn. There should be ample street parking, but there is also a parking deck across Monroe St. from the Lurleen Wallace Building if necessary.
Binoculars are handy, but certainly not necessary, for viewing the swifts as they assemble in the skies above the chimney. You may want to bring a lawn chair or a blanket for sitting in the grass on “Goat Hill.” If you’re a social media user, tag us @alaudubon (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). We strongly encourage you to share your thoughts and photos with the hashtag #AlabamaSwiftWatch!
In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the day of the event if the weather is questionable.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and open to all.
The trip leader: Mercedes Maddox, Nongame Wildlife Biologist, leads this trip along with Alabama Audubon’s own Sarah Randolph. Sarah’s cell phone number is 205-422-4124 (day of the event only). Feel free to email us with questions.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.