Date: 9/6/17 12:07 pm
From: Marion Miller <tlcbyrnme...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chimney Swift Night Out (NO SIGHTING)
Kane County Audubon will be participating in A Swift Night Out event September 8, 9 and 10.  This is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts and Vaux's Swifts.  We would like to locate and count as many Chimney Swift roosting spots as possible in Kane County as well as other Illinois counties.
It's simple and fun to participate!  Start now and keep your eyes to the skies around sunset.  Watch for Chimney Swifts, follow them in the direction they are flying towards their roost.  Sometimes it may take more than one night to find that location.  That's ok, it's fun to search and explore.  Once you have a roost located, pick a night, Sept 8, 9 or 10 to count the amount of Swifts that enter your roost.  You can count the roost one, two or all three nights.  Or you can count a different roost each night.
Need help finding a roost in Kane County?  We know of some that need to be monitored and will be happy to share them with you.
To monitor during the Swift Night Out, start watching your roost site about 20 minutes before sunset up until all birds have gone in, usually 20 to 30 minutes after sunset.  Count all the Swifts that enter your roost site.  If it rains you might want to reschedule your observation date since Swift behavior an be unpredictable during heavy rainfall.
After your count, REPORT your findings.  Enter your observations into eBird making note in the comment section about the type of structure that the roost was located, such as a school, factory, private residence, etc.  Don't eBird? Then please share your results with us by email at <MySwiftHelp...>  Tell us the date, beginning and ending observation times, the number of Swifts that entered the structure, the type of structure and the address of the building.  We will entered all submitted information into the Kyle's Swift Night Out Roosting Monitoring Project data base.  Check out to view current and past data collections.
Thank you for your help.  Any questions just email us.
Rich & Marion MillerKane County

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