Chimney Swift Conservation and Monitoring

Thousands of Chimney Swifts converge on the Magic City each spring to build their nests, raise their offspring, and keep our pest populations low. Unfortunately, suitable nest sites—including the open chimneys that the birds prefer—are becoming harder and harder to find…

Luckily, you can help!

The first stage of Birmingham Audubon’s 2017 Chimney Swift Tower installation at Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

Birmingham Audubon—Alabama’s leading nonprofit organization engaging people in the enjoyment and conservation of birds, their habitats, and the natural world—is working to construct a series of artificial Chimney Swift nesting towers right here in Birmingham, a key stopover city on the Mississippi Flyway migration route.

But we can’t do it without you.

Your donations are critical for maximizing the number of towers we can install and the number of nesting and migrating swifts we can help. Visit our giving page today, write “for Chimney Swift Towers” in the comments field, and help us help these beautiful birds!

Interested in seeing these birds in action? Join us for our annual Swift Night Out events—your chance to see hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of roosting swifts downtown. Visit our events page to find out more.

You can also check out recent press coverage from WBHM here. Our press coverage from 2017 can be found here and here.

Want to help swifts in another way? Submit your observations of active or potential nesting/roosting chimneys to the Magic City Swift Monitoring Project. You can be our eyes and ears as we seek to identify the pre-existing urban habitat on which these birds depend. Simply click the button below to get started.
Submit your swift data now!