Swift Night Out at the Geneva Lake Museum
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Witness an amazing show of nature at Swift Night Out as thousands of acrobatic Chimney Swifts circle and swoop into Geneva Lake Museum’s tall chimney. This awesome spectacle happens every year in early September as the small birds gather in large groups to begin their fall migration to South America.
This year the City of Lake Geneva’s Avian Committee celebrates this natural phenomenon on Thursday, September 9 at the Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St. in downtown Lake Geneva. Events begin at 5:30 pm with food for purchase. At 6:30, CBS Channel 58 Milwaukee meteorologist Michael Schlesinger will be on hand to introduce a special birding program from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center featuring an eagle and other raptors. At dusk, go outside to watch as the energetic Chimney Swifts gather by the thousands and begin to circle the museum’s chimney. As if at a single cue, these little aerobatic swifts will swoop, creating a vortex as they dive inside to roost.
Swift Night Out is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about – and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts and their declining population.
Swift Night Out in Lake Geneva is an educational program presented by the City of Lake Geneva Avian Committee and supported by the City of Lake Geneva Tourism Commission. This event is free and open to all. Be sure to bring binoculars and cameras to capture this amazing event!