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2022 swift migration through Roseburg begins Friday

Written by on April 18, 2022

Witness the spectacle of seasonal bird migration during Roseburg Spring 2022 Swift Watch & World Migratory Bird Day Celebration on upcoming Friday evenings in Fir Grove Park.

Roseburg Parks and Recreation is co-sponsoring swift watches on four Friday evenings – April 22, April 29, May 6 and May 13 — with the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society and federal and state agencies.

The Audubon Society invites the public to gather near Umpqua Valley Arts’ Clay Place behind the UVA Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave., between 6:30 p.m. and sunset (8 to 8:30 p.m.) to see displays by Vaux’s Swifts before the birds drop into the studio’s chimney to roost for the night. An Audubon Society member watches swifts most evenings from mid-April until the end of May. 

The evenings also will be used to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, which is Saturday, May 14. Vaux’s Swifts are just one of the bird species that migrate seasonally in the Americas. Challenges posed by light pollution are the focus of the 2022 World Migratory Bird Day Campaign.

“We’re fortunate to be able to witness this natural spectacle in a beautiful city park that’s accessible and inviting to people of all ages and abilities,” UVAS President Diana Wales, a Roseburg Parks & Recreation Commission member said.

Learn more about the event and Vaux’s Swifts in the City press release:

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