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DNR: Now is time to help count chimney swifts

Reporting on nighttime phenomena helps protect the declining species

2:55 PM, Jul. 30, 2013
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That "smoke" pouring into brick chimneys in coming weeks isn't an optical illusion but likely hundreds of native chimney swifts roosting for the night and gathering strength and numbers before they migrate south.

Wisconsin bird experts are asking homeowners, bird watchers and others to help count the birds and report where they see them to provide vital information on a declining, unique species.

"Chimney swifts are an important species in Wisconsin because they help keep flying insect populations in check," says Kim Grveles, Department of Natural Resources assistant ornithologist ...

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