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Chimney swift migration
Chimney swifts swarm downtown
MORE ABOUT THE SEPT. 25 EVENT...
Swifts are a protected species. Their habitat (hollow trees and chimneys), which is not protected, is declining, so the swifts are too. A decline in swifts means an increase in summertime pest insects, as swifts eat mosquitoes and gnats.
"Swift scouts" are needed to check on the birds through September -- just a quick peep around 7 or 8 p.m. to be sure hawks haven't chased them to another downtown chimney. Organizers have generous help from local birders, but we welcome more to regularly check on the Grove Arcade swifts and other colonies around town.
Swift Night Out 2009 is sponsored by Asheville PARC, the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and Natural Selection gift store on Battery Park Avenue.
Seventh Annual Swift Night Out: An Event for the Birds
Editor's Note: Special thanks to Jennifer Saylor for reminding Ashevillians to get out and watch this chimney swift wonder.