Resources for volunteers and reference material

Publications from the MCSI steering committee!

Guidelines for Creating Chimney Swift Nesting or Roosting Chimneys in Manitoba (revised April 2016)

Factsheet #1: ‘Chimney Swift: Manitoba’s Flying Cigar’. This describes the ecology, life-cycle, Manitoban range and conservation of the Chimney Swift. Version française

Factsheet #2: 'Are Chimney Swifts Using My Chimney?’ A pertinent question! Descriptions and illustrations tell home and business owners how they might discover if their chimney is a home for Chimney Swifts.Version française

Factsheet #3: 'Become a Chimney Swift Champion’. This gives people a taste of how they might ‘champion’ the conservation of Chimney Swifts as home or business owners and/or volunteers. Version française


The Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative has created a number of resources for volunteer monitors:

MCSI Monitoring Protocol (2016 version)-- This should be used for any Manitoba observations made throughout the season, outside of the designated national survey nights (May 25, May 29, and June 2 and 6).

National Roost Monitoring Program (NRMP) protocol for 2016 -- use on May 25, 29, June 2 and 6

MANITOBA CHIMNEY SWIFT INITIATIVE GUIDE FOR MONITORING CHIMNEY SWIFT NEST SITES: HOW TO IDENTIFY STAGES OF NESTING AND DETERMINE BREEDING SUCCESS

Quick reference guide to monitoring

2016 Monitoring form (pdf format) -- 2016 Monitoring form (Word format)
Chimney Assessment form (pdf) -- Chimney Assessment form (Word)

Dashboard Placard (pdf) to identify you as a volunteer

Were you an atlasser with the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas? The MCSI would appreciate advancing your sightings to the highest level of breeding evidence (= confirmed breeding), Click here for a guide (produced collaboratively by the MCSI and the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas) on how to document chimney swift breeding evidence. Please share your findings with the MCSI so that we can track chimney swift populations throughout the province. If you are interested in looking for swifts in your area, but don't know of any potential chimneys, we may be able to point you in the right direction, so just ask!

Books about Chimney Swifts

Chimney Swifts: America's Mysterious Birds above the Fireplace
152 pp., 41 color photos., 4 b&w photos., 28 line drawings., Map.
Pub Date: 2005

Chimney Swift Towers: New Habitat for America's Mysterious Birds
96 pp., 36 b&w photos., 13 line drawings.
Pub Date: 2005

Primary Publications

Other Articles

Some videos of swift activity (YouTube)

Reports related to grants received by the project: