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A Swift Night In! June 2nd

Join us for a swift night in!

Summer is right around the corner, and in Montana, that means Montana Audubon is thinking about swifts! Join us as we continue our search to discover just where the eastern, and undoubtedly urban, Chimney Swift is active and breeding. During the past two years we have found almost 20 new nesting locations, but we still know little about their true range extent in Montana. 

There are dozens of eastern Montana locations in need of survey, and in fact, every eastern Montana county has at least a half-dozen potential sites. Plus, the surveys are unique!  Unlike searching for other swifts, or many birds for that matter, Chimney Swifts can take you to any quaint Montana town with a medium to large brick or stucco chimney. 

We will be hosting a free online Chimney Swift survey training on June 2nd at 6 pm. Participants will learn about all of Montana’s swifts, Chimney Swifts, and citizen monitoring techniques; then you can put that training to the test any evening during June or July.  The training will last approximately 1 and a half hours and we will go over all the materials needed to have a successful in the field survey. Even if you cannot attend, we will be recording this session and posting it at a later date, so you can still get involved!

You can join by a phone call or zoom, a free, simple online video platform. We encourage the use of zoom so you can see our presentation slides, and continue with some extra human interaction! Please plan to join 10-15 minutes prior to the training times, that way if there are any technical issues they can be resolved.

Prior to the training please review the materials below.
montanabirdsurveys.com/chsw-training

Join By Zoom (preferred – allows for video and presentation)

  1. Go to www.zoom.us
  2. Click “Join A Meeting” at the top of the page
  3. Enter this meeting ID: 817-6332-7141
  4. Enter this meeting password: SWIFTS
  5. You may be prompted to download the Zoom program. You must do this in order to join by zoom – follow any instructions on the screen.
  6. The program will launch and you should be all set!
  7. Make sure your speakers are NOT on mute!

Join By Phone

  1. Call +1 (346) 248-7799 and enter the meeting ID:  817 6332 7141#
  2. You do not need a participant ID so press pound (#)
  3. You will need to enter a password: 476473#

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