Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary School is one of the greatest natural phenomenons happening in Portland. Every year, Vaux’s Swifts roost in a chimney located in the Northwest District of Portland. If you love birds and incredible nature sights, you’ll want to attend at least one night of Swift Watch.
This location is near one of Portland’s best urban hikes and all the splendors of NW 23rd avenue. So if you’re going there for the evening roost, you can make a whole afternoon out of the experience.
Every night, Vaux’s Swifts will arrive at the elementary school in a miraculous mirage as they prepare to roost in the chimney for the night. The birds make a pit stop here during their migration South. One population has been returning to Chapman since the 1980s.
This is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux’s Swifts and it is right here in our city. As many as 12,000 birds have been counted by Portland Audobon entering the chimney.
Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary School is completely free to watch. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and take in this nature sighting.
The event starts at 6 p.m. every night in September.
Free Swift Watch parking is available at Montgomery Park and SELCO Community Credit Union. Street parking will be tough, so plan on heading to one of those lots or packing your gear in several blocks.
Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary School takes place at 1445 NW 26th Ave.
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