Aug 26 2010
Starting at 2:30pm, WQED will broadcast 4.5 hours of programs about birds and birding. Here’s the line-up:
- 2:30pm, On The Wing: The Swifts of Chapman School
- 3:00pm, Journey of the Broad-winged Hawk
- 4:00pm, Rare Bird
- 5:00pm, A Summer of Birds
- 6:00pm, Opposable Chums: Guts & Glory at the World Series of Birding
I’ll tell you more about these shows as the time approaches, but there are so many I have to start right now.
The first program will be a re-broadcast of On The Wing: The Swifts of Chapman School. It tells the story of the Vaux’s swifts who put on an amazing aerial display every evening during fall migration as they swirl to roost in the chimney of a Portland, Oregon elementary school. The event has become a cult phenomenon in Portland, attracting hundreds and thousands of observers each year.
I reviewed this show last year just before we first broadcast it, so click here to read more and see the trailer. There’s a bonus if you click. I give you tips on where to find swirling chimney swifts in Pittsburgh.
(photo from Dan Viens, creator of On the Wing)