Sonoma County Water Wishes
Return of the Swifts
This year, for the second time, Madrone Audubon is sponsoring two mini-field-tripsto the Vaux Swifts roost at Rio Lindo Academy outside Healdsburg. It istruly amazing to see about 10,000 swifts packing themselves into one chimneyover the course of an hour or two. Peter Leveque and Connie Joachim willagain be our resource people, on Wednesday evenings, September 10 and September17. To get the full effect of this remarkable phenomenon, plan to arriveby 6:30 PM and stay until almost dark.
The Swifts are only here for a stopover on their migration, during themonths of September and October.
Rio Lindo Academy has not restricted visiting of the roost, but observersare encouraged to car pool, to park quietly at least a block from the chimney,and to observe from the opposite side of the facing street. The Academyis a residential, co-educational preparatory school with 220 students, whichis operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Directions: From Highway 101, exit at Old Redwood Highway/HealdsburgAvenue, south of the central Healdsburg exit, and proceed north to BailhacheAvenue, just south of the Russian River bridge. Turn right on Bailhache(which becomes Rio Lindo Avenue) and follow it about 3 miles, into the Academy'smain entrance. Take a left at the first stop sign, and another left justbefore the dormitory. In half a block, turn right toward the rear of thecampus. The chimney is on a side street west of the athletic field.