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 #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
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
- Nest Site Use, Breeding Success, And Reproductive Rates of Chimney Swifts In St. Adolphe ,MB 2010-2103 by Barbara E. Stewart and Robert E.A.Stewart from Blue Jay (December 2013)
- Nest Site Use and Breeding Success of Chimney Swifts in St Adolphe by Barbara Stewart and Robert E.A. Stewart from Blue Jay (September 2010)
- 2014 St. Adolphe Nest Site Outcome
- St. Adolphe 2013 Summary
prepared by Barbara Stewart (September 2013)
- The Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative: A Swift Look at 2012 and 2013 by Frank Machovec from Nature Manitoba News May/June 2013
- St. Adolphe 2012 Summary
prepared by Barbara Stewart (September 2012)
- St. Adolphe 2011 Summary
prepared by Barbara Stewart (September 2011)
- Chimney-watching a passion in St. Adolphe by Grant Buhr (The Carillon newspaper, August 25, 2011)
- Monitoring of a chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica) roost site in
Dauphin, Manitoba, utilizing a Reconyx game trail camera by Ken Wainwright (April 2011)
- St. Adolphe 2010 Summary
prepared by Barbara Stewart (November 2010)
- Historic Saint Adolphe: Chimney Swift Nesting Capital of Manitoba by Barb Stewart from Nature Manitoba News (Jan. / Feb. 2011)
- Have Chimney Swifts Been Nesting in My Chimney?
prepared by Barbara Stewart (August 2010)
- The Plight of the Chimney Swift by Laurel McDonald from Nature Manitoba News July/August 2010
- St. Adolphe 2009 Summary
prepared by Barbara Stewart of SILA Consultants
- 2010 Chimney Swift Watch Fact Sheet
courtesy of McIlwraith Field Naturalists in London. Ontario
- Information for Landlords of Chimney Swifts
courtesy of Winifred Wake for London SwiftWatch, an initiative of the McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London, Ontario, April 23, 2010
- What In The World Is That Sound?
from the Driftwwod Wildlife Association (no date)
- Summary of Swift Activity in St. Adolphe during 2008
- A Summary of Swift Activity in St. Adolphe during 2007
- An article on the Chimney Swift Initiative
from the April 2007 MNS Bulletin
- An article on Chimney Swift Stewardship
from the November 2006 MNS Bulletin
Some videos of swift activity (YouTube)
- Fledgling executing a a missed approach to the St. Adolphe Church chimney (August 2015)
- Chimney Swifts at the Assiniboine School in Winnipeg (September 2014)
- Chimney Swifts at a roost in Kingston ON (May 2014) by B and R Stewart (3 minutes)
- Down the chimney at Club Amical in Saint Adolphe MB (September 2007) by Ron Bazin and Mike Quigley. (47 seconds)
- Some entries and exits of Chimney Swifts at Club Amical in Saint Adolphe, MB. The video was taken in 2007 and is courtesy of the Stewarts. (2 minutes 12 seconds)
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