September 12, 2017 4:10 a.m.
Roseburg Swift Watch continues on Friday night’s all month long.
The Vaux’s Swifts are birds that nest in western North America and migrate to central and south America for the winter. Each year thousands of the birds gather in the chimney adjacent to the Clay Place in Fir Grove Park, behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center on West Harvard.
At sunset during migration, Swifts gather in the dozens or sometimes hundreds or even thousands, to communally roost in that chimney.
Members of the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society are available at the chimney site Friday evenings this month to serve as interpretive naturalists. They will have information and brochures about the birds as well as more general information about birding and our natural world. Each Friday evening local artists will lead art activities for kids free of charge.
Activities will begin about an hour before sunset. This week sunset takes place at 7:25 p.m.
The event is a partnership of the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, the City of Roseburg and the Umpqua Valley Arts Association. Go to www.umpquaaudubon.com.