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COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Chimney Swift in Canada

Special Significance of the Species

The Chimney Swift is the only swift found in eastern North America. The species has aroused a great deal of interest among the public; their spectacular entrances into their roosts never fail to fascinate people. A number of these sites (Fredericton, NB; Wolfville, NS; St-Georges de Beauce, QC) attract many visitors to the spectacle of hundreds of birds entering their chimneys at sunset. Some Quebec birdwatching clubs have even organized visits to the St-Georges de Beauce site. The Chimney Swift survey conducted by the Canadian Wildlife Service in Quebec is also helping to create public awareness of the species’ plight and every year new observers are joining the group of volunteers. Some individuals (C. Garneau, Lévis, QC) and organizations (Ecomuseum, Ste-Anne de Bellevue, QC; Le Nichoir, Hudson, QC) have become actively involved in the project by building artificial chimneys for swifts.