Swifts Over Bethlehem Mural

Completed mural

June 1, 2022

May 28, 2022

April 17, 2022

March 24, 2022

March 19, 2022

February 17, 2022

February 16, 2022

February 7th, 2022

February 1st, 2022

The Swifts Over Bethlehem mural will call attention to Bethlehem’s Chimney Swifts (chaetura pelagica), and their search for safe roosting places amid widespread urban development. During the Industrial Revolution, Chimney Swift migration routes along the East Coast were peppered with open chimneys, providing stopover sanctuaries during the birds’ migration to and from their wintering grounds in the Amazon River Basin. Chimney Swifts have adapted to using human-made structures instead of hollowed trees – so when old buildings are torn down, flocks of Chimney Swifts are left in search of new roosts. Preserving and providing roosting places for Chimney Swifts began long before the Swifts Over Bethlehem mural was commissioned. Read more about this project here: