Swift Watch at Chapman School

Monday, September 23 at 6:30pm 9:00pm more dates through September 30, 2019

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.

Event Type

For Kids, Free, Outdoors




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