[Tweeters] Vaux's swift public meeting April 8 7PM, Monroe

paulette.hunter at att.net paulette.hunter at att.net
Sun Apr 6 11:47:39 PDT 2008

Tweeters:Please join us Tuesday, April 8 at 7PM at the Monroe School District board room for the second public meeting to save the Monroe Vaux's swifts. Pilhuck, ELWAS, Seattle Audubon and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are working cooperatively with the Monroe School and community to find a solution to the demolition of the chimney at Wagner Elementary School. This chimney is used each fall and spring as a roosting site for 3-4000 swifts...the largest known colony in Washington state and one of the largest in the world. 

Directions to Monroe School District Admin Bldg
200 East Fremont
Monroe 98272

Take Hwy 2 from Everett east to Monroe
            Righton Lewis Street (at the Shell station)
            PassMain Street to Fremont and make a left on Fremont
    District office is one block on your right. 
   (We're meeting in the board room.)

The Everett Herald recently ran an second article on our efforts to save this gentle bird that is described as the most "air-able" of birds, eating, mating and even having some semblance  of sleep on the wing. Unable to find suitable hollow old-growth snags to roost, they have substituted old brick chimneys but these too are  coming down. The birds' feet are incapable of landing on twigs and they must cling to the interior of a vertical surface for night-time roosting. 

Mike Blackbird
President, Pilchuck Audubon
Jim Rettig
Vice President, East Lake Washington Audubon
Paulette Hunter
Education Chair, Seattle Audubon
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