Come participate in a guided tour of our facility, take a bird watching walk with a naturalist, or have your face painted by one of our volunteers.
Saturday July 18, 2015
10 am – 2 pm
637 Main, Hudson QC J0P 1H0
There will be a variety of fun activities, a cash BBQ lunch as well as other non-profit organizations for you to meet.
This is a rain-or-shine event that gives you the opportunity to get to know Le Nichoir’s volunteers and staff and, most importantly, offers the opportunity to observe many of the different species of birds found in Quebec. Admission is free and everyone is invited!
… at the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve
To love your neighbour like yourself, it certainly helps to pick the right neighbourhood! Le Nichoir is very fortunate to be right next door to a small but immensely valuable natural jewel, the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve. Owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, this 47-acre site is adjacent to Le Nichoir, and has been a perfect haven for the centre to release many of our birds.
Despite its modest size, the reserve features many different habitats, from old forests to fields and temporary ponds, and hosts an impressive variety of fauna and flora. It is home to some of our most colourful birds, such as the Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) and the Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea). The Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve also serves as a feeding ground for declining aerial insectivores such as the Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) and the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) nesting close by.
Building on this symbiotic relationship with our neighbour, last year Le Nichoir embarked upon a project to promote the reserve and its treasures. Supported by grants from the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement and the Fondation de la faune du Québec, this project involved the design, production and installation of six interpretation panels, with information about the habitats and avian species along the trail through the reserve. As part of the project, a more current, detailed map of the reserve’s trail system was developed, with the invaluable assistance of six McGill students who walked all the trails and produced a map as an environmental research project.
UPDATE – July 18
The unveiling took place in the presence of Ed Prévost, the Mayor of Hudson, Jamie Nicholls, MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Martine Hamel, project coordinator at the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement as well as representatives from the other parties involved in the project.
While we revel in the beauty of their plumage and admire the magnificence of their flight, to really appreciate them it actually helps to understand how birds see the world around them. Their eyes’ focus, perspective and colour sense are finely-tuned adaptations needed to locate food, evade predators, and navigate through perils.
Compared to our own eyes, and those of most other mammals, bird eyes provide better and wider ranging colour vision, greater depth of field, and much faster ability to focus. On the other hand, most birds are not able to move their eyes, and must turn their heads instead. If eyes are on either side of the head, they have a wide field — useful for detecting predators. Conversely birds of prey typically have forward-facing eyes, thereby benefitting from binocular vision, allowing them to judge perspective and distances accurately. [Read More…]
Imagine you were looking for a new home. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to fly from one property to another, have a quick look around at the layout, décor and local amenities, and then have the owner beg you to move into the one you like best? That’s what it’s like being a bird!
We’d all love to attract our feathered friends into our gardens, but they can be quite picky about what they expect from their surroundings. If the spring sunshine is spurring you to look at your garden and think about its design, keeping in mind the needs and desires of the birds you’d like to attract will help inspire your efforts.
A garden will appeal to avian visitors by providing food, water and places to hide and nest. Here we suggest a few simple guidelines that will soon pay off in sightings of many new species. [Read More…]
Two years ago, Team Le Nichoir participated for the first time in le Grand Défi and despite a cold wet day, was able to observe 46 species and ranked 9th overall for the total amount of money raised to support bird conservation. Last year, we observed 49 species and raise over 1100$ ranking 8th. Can we break our record again? We believe we can! But, we need your help.
Our team’s goal this year is to raise $1200 and observe 50 species. Sponsoring our team is easy. You can pledge an amount per species observed by our team over the 24-hour period or, a fixed amount to support our participation. Our Défi will start on Friday the 16th at 7pm and will last until the next day same time. Some of our team members will even spend the night on-site in the hopes of adding some nocturnal birds like owls or woodcocks to the list.
The Grand Défi QuebecOiseaux is a friendly competition and fundraiser for bird conservation involving birders from across the province. The rule: observe as many bird species as possible from a fixed location over a 24-hour period. The goal: raise awareness and money to support the conservation of wild birds.
Part of the money raised will go to conservation projects such as the reduction of the decline of insectivorous bird populations, such as the Bank Swallow and the Purple Martin. Another portion of the funds will go to help injured and orphaned birds being treated at Le Nichoir this summer.
Please consider supporting Team Le Nichoir with your pledge.
There are many ways to make a pledge for our team: