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Partnering with Sweeps and Masons to Help Swifts

The Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group is partnering with chimney sweeps and masons that service customers in Wisconsin. Our goal is to identify chimneys currently in use by swifts and to enlighten customers on how to maintain these structures to benefit the species. Chimney sweeps and masons are on the front lines of identifying occupied chimneys and interacting with homeowners who may not be aware of the issues.  

Free educational materials are provided to chimney sweeps and masons who are interested in working with us. 

If you have a masonry or chimney sweep business and have not been contacted by our group, please email helpchimneyswifts@gmail.com or call (608) 658-4139 for more information.

This project has received funding by the Natural Resources Foundation and Bird City – Green Bay.

Click here for more information and a list of participating businesses.

S.O.S. For Our Flying Bug Eaters: Register now!

Be sure to reserve soon for a great conference on aerial insectivores! The deadline to get special room discounts at the Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center is Monday, August 6. A registration form and complete agenda are on the WBCI website at http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/ annual-meetings/2018-wbci- annual-meeting/

The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and Bird City Wisconsin are sending out an S.O.S. for our flying bug eaters. That is, in fact, the title of a conference scheduled Sept. 6-8 in Waukesha that will look at the issues — and potential solutions – for long-term declines in Wisconsin’s aerial insectivores.

This joint Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) Annual Meeting and Bird City Summit will feature the latest research on Chimney Swifts, Purple Martins, nighthawks, swallows, flycatchers — and bats.  The Thursday night through Saturday afternoon conference kicks off with both a Birds & Brews event and a Swift Night Out field trip.

“If you haven’t yet witnessed dozens – or hundreds – of swifts going to roost in the evening, this event may be your chance,” said WBCI Chair Karen Etter Hale.

 Keynoting the conference is Dr. Pamela Hunt, senior biologist in avian conservation at New Hampshire Audubon. Dr. Robb Diehl, with the U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss airspace as habitat; Dick Nikolai’s talk will focus on Purple Martins; Tara Beveroth, Illinois Natural History Survey, will feature Whip-poor-wills and Project MOON; and much more. You won’t want to miss it!

 This conference is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, American Bird Conservancy, Madison Audubon Society, Audubon Great Lakes, Western Great Lakes Birds & Bat Observatory, and Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. Additional funding was provided by the Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, and Jaeger-Mellerop Family Charitable Trust.