Swift Fest in Jonestown was conceived in 2012 as a community effort sponsored by the City of Jonestown and the nearby Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The City was looking for a way to call attention to the unique phenomenon of the Chimney Swifts’ nightly return to their cistern home. With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, they created the unique nature festival that is unlike any other.
Credit is due to Paul and Georgeann Kyle for their wonderful work building awareness of and attention to Chimney Swifts throughout the northern hemisphere. As curators of the Chateura Canyon Preserve in Austin, Texas, the Kyles have written numerous books on the Chimney Swifts and are known across the United States for their leadership in conservation and citizen science. Their support and encouragement for Swift Fest is very much appreciated. Learn more about the Travis Audubon Chaetura Canyon Bird Sanctuary by visiting the website at http://travisaudubon.org/sanctuaries/chaetura-canyon
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