Hedrick Middle School in Medford Oregon has a tall brick chimney which is an important roost for Vaux’s Swifts during their fall migration. In 2018, Rogue Valley Audubon Society began working with the school district to preserve this chimney. The first step was to upgrade the gymnasium’s old boiler and replace it with a energy saving heating system that didn’t use the chimney as a vent. This was completed in the summer of 2019. In order to save the chimney, it will need to be seismically retrofit.
A team or representatives from the Medford School District and Audubon are meeting to discuss the next steps to save the chimney. These include a structural analysis, bids to determine the cost and the formation of a capital campaign to raise funds. We look forward to announcing details of the campaign soon.
2019 Vaux’s Swift Fall Migration – Bar Graph of Count at Hedrick Middle School
2019 Jackson County Vaux’s Swift Fall Migration – Swift Count at All Sites in the County
North American Vaux’s Swift Migration – Link to Vaux’s Happening Site
Meet the Vaux’s Swifts by Larry Schwitters.– A great article on Vaux’s Swifts on eBird.