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 both in Birmingham and throughout Alabama, a key stopover on the Mississippi Flyway migration route.

But we can’t do it without you.

Visit our giving page today to help us help these beautiful birds!

Interested in seeing swifts in action? Join us for our annual Swift Night Out events—your chance to see hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of roosting birds 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 join our Alabama SwiftWatch monitoring project? 

Check out our volunteer page or email our Science & Conservation Director to learn more about how you can help us monitor active Chimney Swift roosts throughout the year.