Swifts winging their way back

MONROE — Thousands of Vaux’s swifts will be migrating north soon and will roost at the former Frank Wagner Elementary School chimney this spring.

The birds come to Monroe in the spring and fall, giving local folks a close-up look at a massive migration of birds at one location.

For years, the Monroe Swift Watch and Monroe Swift Night Out committees have enlisted volunteers to monitor the numbers of Vaux’s swifts that enter the chimney each night, and help at Monroe Swift Night Out on Sept. 14.

This year, volunteers are needed to count the swifts as they enter the chimney, to monitor the daytime comings and goings of the avian visitors, and to help answer questions at the Swift Night Out.

Volunteers are also sought to help with the Monroe Swifts website and, possibly, cameras and temperature monitors at the chimney.

Vaux’s swifts are the smallest species of swifts in North America and are native to the Pacific Northwest. The birds prefer hollow trees, but are attracted to chimneys because the bricks allow the swifts a place to perch.

A planning meeting for the swifts’ annual visit is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Goddard Room at Valley General Hospital, Monroe, 14701 179th Ave. S.E.

More in Local News

Agencies launch coordinated response to an opioid ‘emergency’

Health workers, law enforcement agencies and emergency managers are responding as they might to a disaster.

Jordan Evers distributes coffee Sunday afternoon during the annual community meal at Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on November 19, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Firefighters serve Thanksgiving meals at Carl Gipson center

The next two feasts at the senior center in Everett will be Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 3.

Hiker rescued on Boulder River trail after 15-foot fall

She was reported to have possible leg and rib fractures.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

Snohomish County Council passes a no-new-taxes budget

The spending plan still funds the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and a code enforcement officer.

Darrington School Board race might come down to a coin flip

With a one-vote difference, a single ballot in Skagit County remains to be counted.

As rain continues, Snohomish River still rising in places

Monroe and Snohomish likely won’t see the end of flood stage until Friday.

Is the state Transportation Commission irrelevant?

A report says the citizen panel often is ignored, and its duties overlap with the Transportation Department.

Most Read