Swift Watch at Chapman School
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Thursday, September 26 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Friday, September 27 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, September 28 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, September 29 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Monday, September 30 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Chapman Elementary School 2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR
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 population has been returning to Chapman since the 1980s, and it is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux's Swifts.
Swift watching has become a popular activity at Chapman, and on many evenings, more than 2,000 people gather to watch these aerial acrobats. Grab a seat on the school lawn and in neighboring Wallace Park to watch and listen as the birds gather overhead. On most evenings, Portland Audubon volunteers will be on hand to share information about Vaux's Swifts.
Street parking is extremely limited, so we recommend using public transit to get there. Please be mindful of the neighbors, as Chapman is located in a residential neighborhood.