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CANCELED: Saving Old Chimneys, Saving Swifts
Friday, March 27, 2020, 07:00pm

Vaux’s Swift expert Larry Schwitters returns to present his program, “Saving Old Chimneys, Saving Swifts” on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Willapa Hills Audubon’s Annual Banquet beginning at 7 PM at the McClelland Arts Center, at Victoria Freeman Park in Longview. The program is free and the general public is welcomed. Doors open at 6:45 PM.

Schwitters is internationally recognized as the preeminent expert on Vaux’s Swifts and their status across North America. He is the Project Supervisor for Vaux’s Happenings, a non-profit he first organized when working to save a chimney in Monroe, Washington as a migration roost. He now has 80 people chronicling some 14 million swifts, from Yucatan to the Yukon, and has advocated tirelessly to save the chimneys that provide crucial refuges along the migration routes.

The latest success story is a church in Rainier, OR that had grated off their chimney some 20 years ago but had since ceased using the old furnace. Schwitters aided Darrel Whipple, board member of WHAS, to have the grate removed last Spring with Vaux’s Swift visits recorded at 190,000 individuals last Fall. You can learn more at www.vauxshappening.org .