A SWIFT NIGHT OUT is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts and Vaux's Swifts. The project was originally inspired by John Connors (retired) formerly with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2001 Paul and Georgean Kyle took John's suggestion and developed the program for the Driftwood Wildlife Association that has become a favorite late summer event for professional and amateur birdwatchers alike.Enter your report here!
As summer draws to a close and the swifts have finished raising their young, these fascinating aerial acrobats begin to congregate in communal roosts prior to their migration in the fall. Some roosts may consist of an extended family group of a half a dozen birds or so, but the larger sites can host hundreds or even thousands of swifts! We encourage you to involve your local Audubon chapters, bird clubs, scout groups and neighbors in this exhilarating spectacle.
Here is how it works: Keep your eyes to the skies at dusk in late July and watch for areas where swifts are feeding. Look for a tall shaft, chimney or similar structure to locate where Chimney Swifts (central to east coast) or Vaux's Swift (Pacific coast) go to roost in your area.
This year, on one night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) over the second weekend of August and / or September observe the roost starting about 30 minutes before sunset and estimate the number of swifts that enter. After the last swift enters the structure, please fill out our on-line reporting form. The form works best when using Google Chrome as your browser:
Note: Please submit your reports in MSWord, Excel or as text in the body of an email only.
If you prefer, or if you have trouble loading the online form, you can email us with the following information:
Time of observation and time zone:
State / Province:
Number of swifts actually entering the roost:
Type of Structure (Residence, church, business, swift tower, etc.):
Name of the building if not a residence:
Reports in PDF will not be accepted.
If you are unable to locate a roost on your own,
To view this year's results, go to:
A Swift Night Out 2014
take a look at some of the reports from previous years to locate an established roost near you:
A Swift Night Out 2013
A Swift Night Out 2012
A Swift Night Out 2011
A Swift Night Out 2010
A Swift Night Out 2009
A Swift Night Out 2008
A Swift Night Out 2007
A Swift Night Out 2006
A Swift Night Out 2005
A Swift Night Out 2004
A Swift Night Out 2003
A Swift Night Out 2002
A Swift Night Out 2001
Thank you for your interest in Chimney Swift Conservation. For more information about Chimney Swifts, please visit us online at www.ChimneySwifts.org We look forward to hearing from you!
Paul D. Kyle and Georgean Z. Kyle