September 13, 2019 3:45 a.m.
Roseburg Swift Watch is happening Friday night.
The event is a partnership between the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, the City of Roseburg Parks and Recreation Department and the Umpqua Valley Arts Association.
Vaux’s Swifts nest only in western North America, migrating to Central and South America for the winter. Each year, thousands of the tiny birds gather in the chimney adjacent to the Clay Place behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Fir Grove park, just off of West Harvard where they communally roost for the evening.
Members of the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will be on-site starting at 6:30 p.m. with information and brochures about the birds as well as more general information about birding and the natural world. Local artists will lead free art activities for kids ages 5 and up. Children must be supervised by an adult. Musicians will play old time fiddle music, bluegrass and Americana as well.
Go to www.umpquaaudubon.org for more information.