Audubon Vermont and state fish and wildlife officials want you to keep an eye out for chimney swifts.

Chimney swifts are considered a species of greatest conservation need in the Vermont Wildlife Action Plan, due to population declines in Vermont and throughout their range.

To evaluate the population size and critical habitat for chimney swifts, observations of are needed from the middle of June and during the summer, from middle to late July to mid-August, with special attention paid to the Barre, Burlington and Montpelier areas.

The best time of day to observe chimney swifts is in the late evening and dusk. Use binoculars and count the number of swifts and location where you see or hear the birds.

For more information on how to identify the birds by sight and sound, see the Audubon Field Guide or allaboutbirds/org.

Submit all observations at ebird.org/home.

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