Barrie SwiftWatch 2016


Barrie SwiftWatch 2016

Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club (BFNC) objective for 2016, as participants in the Ontario SwiftWatch Project, is “to continue building our knowledge of active nest and roost chimneys within the province and ramp up efforts to educate landowners and encourage the protection of high priority sites for chimney swifts”.

Bird Studies Canada’s (BSC) priority for 2016:

Participate in the National Population Roost Monitoring Blitz May 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, June 2 & 6, especially at the key roost sites.

In addition, BSC recommends:

  • Reporting first and last sightings of the season.
  • Spot-checking previously identified chimneys to determine if they are still active by swifts.
  • Conducting Presence/Absence Surveys* for new nest/roost chimneys.
  • Keeping an eye out for potential natural habitat sites (old hollow trees with a 50 cm diameter at breast height or larger), and nesting sites in barns if the opportunity arises.
  • Holding a “Swift Night Out” to educate and engage others in the community.
  • Submitting all data from both new and past identified chimneys to BSC.

April 23 - May 5 Observe & report chimney swift (CHSW) sightings anywhere in Barrie.

May 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, June 2 & 6 National Population Roost Monitoring Blitz

May 26 Swift Night Out! (Scheduled BFNC Field Trip)

Every Wednesday Evening Starting June 8, Barrie SwiftWatchers plan to spot-check previously occupied chimneys, monitor roosts & potential chimneys.

*Presence/Absence Surveys are conducted during various stages of the chimney swifts’ seasonal behaviour. Just before sunset, participants find and track nesting/roosting locations and count the numbers of chimney swifts dropping into the chimneys to nest or roost for the night.