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Swifts Over Houston

Community Swift Night Out

Swift Night Out at Lakeview Elementary
Swift Night Out at Lakeview Elementary


If you enjoy birds and want to participate in a community effort to help figure out where Chimney Swifts are in Houston.


At dusk, Chimney Swifts begin circling roosting locations. They then swoop into their roosting locations and can be counted as they enter the chimneys.


Our community count will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. (Back up rain date is Saturday, September 14.) A count is short and sweet (around 30 minutes at dusk), but can make a real difference in understanding the behavior of this unique species!


We’ll spread out across the city at various sites where we think Chimney Swifts may be roosting—at large silo-style chimneys and in specially-designed Chimney Swift towers.

This form stopped accepting submissions on August 6, 2019 8:00 pm CDT.

Constructed Chimney Swift Towers

  • Ed White Elementary School, 1708 Les Talley Drive 
  • Hogg Bird Sanctuary, 1 Wescott Street
  • Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive *Zoo staff
  • Kleb Woods, 20303 Draper Road
  • Nature Discover y Center, 7112 Newcastle
  • White Oak Parkway, 1720 White Oak Drive
  • Willow Waterhole, 5201 S. Willow
  • Woodland Park, 212 Parkview
  • Bellaire Residence

Established Sites at Silos/Large Chimneys

  • Pershing Middle School, 3838 Bluebonnet (Stella Link entrance)
  • St. Paul’s Church, 5501 Main St.
  • Whole Foods Market Bellaire, 4004 Bellaire

Why Swifts?

Chimney Swifts are migratory birds that use chimney-like structures to nest and roost. Chimney Swift populations are in decline, and local partners are working together to help this iconic, urban bird species. Your collected data will be used to inform conservation decisions in Houston.


Read the flyer for tips when counting swifts.


Make note of your count! Please report your site name and count total to We will also follow up to thank you and collect data not yet