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UPDATE: Activity at this roost has been low over the past few days. If we are not experiencing Chimney Swift at this site, we may opt to relocate to another roost near the Family Dollar at 726 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 (a five-minute drive from Smith Floral). Street parking is available at this roost site along Michigan Avenue and Hosmer Street. We will keep you posted through updates on social media if we move to this location. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to remain up-to-date.

Enjoy a Swift Night Out with Michigan Audubon on September 16 and celebrate urban wildlife while sipping on lemonade at Smith Floral & Greenhouses and watching Chimney Swifts come in to roost.

This free family-friendly event features an amazing spectacle at dusk, when hundreds of Chimney Swifts flock together in a tornado-like formation, flying in increasingly tighter circles before dropping into the chimney where they roost for the night.

These urban birds have suffered a steep population decline in recent decades due to loss of habitat, insecticide use, climate change, and more. Information on how you can help this species, including citizen science projects, will be available at the event.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. for social time with the most Chimney Swift activity starting just before sunset (7:47) and continuing through dusk. Please meet at the Smith Floral & Greenhouses’ parking lot at 1124 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48910.

If you have any questions, please contact Michigan Audubon Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse at lrowse@michiganaudubon.org or 517-580-7364.