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Field Trips

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

All feld trips have been canceled until further notice. We will continue to asses the situation and update this space accordingly. Going outside and enjoying nature is a great way to relieve stress and pass these trying times. We encourage you to do so while practicing responsible social distancing.

Our in-person meetings at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens have been suspended until the University allows gatherings to take place. To view our online Zoom programs, you will need access to an internet-capable computer, phone, or similar device. An announcement of the web address to view the program will be on our web site, Facebook page, and on the Birders email list a few days before the program. We may also add more online programs for July and August, which will be announced on the same internet platforms.

 

Swift Nights Out

Field Trips
icon date2  Saturday, August 15, 2020
icon timer  08:15pm
icon map marker Ann Arbor, Michigan

We are looking for volunteers for our Fifth Annual Ann Arbor-Washtenaw County Chimney Swift count, August 14, 15 and 16. Watching Chimney Swifts enter their roosts at dusk is a spectacular sight. Volunteers will choose a known Chimney Swift roosting location and stake it out before dusk, counting the Swifts as they enter the chimney, as darkness falls. You can sign up for one night/one location at a time, or count each night of the weekend. If you know of an active roost that's not listed, email leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to add it to the sign up. This is the perfect event for social distancing. Only one household may sign up per Chimney Swift Roost. We usually say to bring your friends, but this year, only bring family members in your personal bubble.

Chimney Swifts are in steep decline across North America, so let's help find out how they are doing in Washtenaw County. Bring your household along, to show them how these very cool aerial insectivores share our cities and towns with us.

NOTE: Occasionally the Swifts will not use a particular location on a given night due to a predator such as a Cooper's Hawk, or another issue. In that case, "No Swifts" will still be good information for us! Email Juliet Berger with your results at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., after the survey, and post it on eBird if you have an account. Thanks for your help!!

Click here to sign up!

Email leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your results after the survey, and post it on eBird if you have an account. 

NOTE: Occasionally the Swifts will not use a particular location on a given night due to a predator such as a Cooper's Hawk, or another issue. In that case, "no Swifts" will still be good information for us!


Minors traveling on Washtenaw Audubon Society field trips without a parent or guardian must bring with them a completed and signed copy of the consent form available by clicking here: Field Trip Permission, Medical Release, and Waiver of Liability (PDF)