The David Suzuki Foundation’s Nature Days event from May 20th to 23rd is celebrating its third anniversary. Organizations around Montreal and off-island offer free activities for all ages to encourage individuals to explore and enjoy the outdoors.
Nature Days is an initiative to help families connect to nature in order to promote a sustainable and ecological attitude towards the environment.
Beyond the benefits to the environment, spending time outdoor has been proven to improve health, reduce stress and help children’s cognitive development.
Le Nichoir took part in this important initiative by organizing free activities at the Centre on May 20th for school groups and on May 21st for families including a guided walk with our biologist in the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve behind Le Nichoir and learning about local birds and our organization. Look for more information on the Nature Days website, journeesdelanature.com, or contact Jo-Annie at 450 458 2809.
For the 4th year in a row, Le Nichoir participated in the Grand Défi QuébecOiseaux where Jo-Annie Gagnon and our volunteers observed as many bird species as possible within a 10 metre circle for 24 hours. A bird-watching marathon! This event, now in its sixth year, brings together all levels of birders from across the province to help raise awareness and funds for wild bird and habitat conservation.
This year our team reached its goal of observing 50 different species of birds.
To reach that goal, some of the team members spent the night under the stars, adding the nocturnal Barred Owl and American Woodcock to the list. American Bitterns, a Ruffed Grouse and a Virginia Rail were some of the interesting species on that list.
You can still support our dedicated team members until June 30th 2016 on the Grand Défi QuébecOiseaux website at quebecoiseaux.org (look for team Le Nichoir) or contact Le Nichoir directly at email@example.com.
New Campaign Focuses on Cat Safety to Protect Birds.
With many species of bird in decline, Nature Canada, the oldest national nature conservation charity in the country, has launched a campaign to provide information as well as solutions to help support our wild bird populations.
The Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives campaign led by Nature Canada brings together organizations and individuals who are concerned about the wellbeing of both cats and birds. The campaign addresses the dangers of free-roaming for cats, and the corresponding threat they pose to birds, encouraging pet owners to take action and urging municipalities to implement strategies that promote positive changes for both these animals.
In 2015, Le Nichoir cared for 1649 wild birds brought to the Centre mostly due to human impacts, and unfortunately the most common cause of injury among the birds admitted was cat attacks. As a local partner of Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives , Le Nichoir supports this initiative in hopes of increasing awareness and encourages the public to visit their website at catsandbirds.ca.
As spring gathers pace, most of our winter migrants have returned. Everywhere you look are birds busy finding nesting materials, performing elaborate displays in hopes of finding a mate, and moulting into their beautiful breeding plumage. All this activity is a sure sign that Le Nichoir’s services will certainly be needed this summer, and our barn doors are officially open.
With the construction of Le Nichoir’s new Wild Bird Conservation Centre and the celebration of the Centre’s 20th anniversary this summer promises to be a busy one! Our open-door policy allows visitors to come tour the facility, view our interpretive panels while exploring the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve and get to know our staff and volunteers.
We are open for business as usual during the construction but please feel free to call the Centre before dropping by, as you may encounter days when access and parking are limited.
Spring is a busy time, not only for getting that much-needed spring cleaning done but also to prepare for the return of our feathered friends from their long migration. These birds have traveled far – some up to thousands of kilometers – and so what better way to greet them than by doing some preparation work that will make their return smooth.
One of the most important things to know is when different species of birds return to your area. The best way to keep track of this is to write it on your calendar or keep a diary. You can also contact your local ornithology group or consult with us to see what species have already returned.
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