La Plume Verte – Le Nichoir’s retail adventure – is now online!
We sell bird feeders including specialty water feeders, hummingbird feeders and squirrel resistant feeders in our store. Looking for ways to prevent birds colliding with your windows? Try Window Alert decals. Want to put out nesting boxes? We offer nesting boxes for swallows and bluebirds as well as chickadees and wrens. We even have bat boxes!
Most of the bird feeders and feeder accessories we have tried out ourselves.
Shop with a purpose as all profits from sales at La Plume Verte are used to support Le Nichoir’s conservation programs including the care of injured and orphaned wild birds and environmental education programs.
And, because we are still a small enterprise so we do not charge sales tax.
Le Nichoir is proud to announce that this January its very own executive director has been appointed President of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) – an Oregon based organization providing education and resources for wildlife conservation worldwide.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to promote both Le Nichoir and IWRC and the important work both organizations do for wildlife. Networking and sharing expertise is crucial in this field of work and in the pursuit of our respective missions” says Susan Wylie, B.Sc. wildlife biology.
Susan takes up her two-year term as President having served as a Director of the IWRC’s board for seven years. While continuing as the Executive Director of Le Nichoir, Susan will use her position as IWRC President to support wildlife rehabilitators internationally and to contribute to the professionalism of the field.
Ten chefs come out for an encore performance at a March 28 fundraiser for Le Nichoir
Back by popular demand, A Taste of Hudson is a great opportunity to indulge in the culinary creations of ten great chefs while raising money for Le Nichoir, Quebec’s only wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to songbirds.
Only 115 tickets available
Saturday, March 28 2015
St James’ Hall
(642, Main, Hudson – across from Le Nichoir)
5:30 pm Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar & music
6:30 pm Dinner
Silent and live auctions
Tickets $75 advance purchase only at 450 458 2809 (starting Monday February 23rd)
Can’t attend but want to show your support? Consider becoming a Hummingbird Sponsor by making a donation to Le Nichoir. Your Hummingbird sponsorship will help ensure the financial success of the event and all Hummingbirds will be acknowledged during the event. Not quite like being there but a great way to show your support if you can’t make it.
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As we launch into 2015, staff, volunteers and friends of Le Nichoir share a look back on 2014: new pens for aquatic birds, wildlife education without live animals, difficult decisions and much much more.
One of the most difficult issues related to caring for wildlife is being able to provide appropriate housing that is suited to the needs of each species of animal. This is one reason why Le Nichoir chose to specialize in the care of songbirds and aquatic birds.
By doing this we are able to offer the birds better housing built to accommodate their distinctive needs and respect their natural history. For those of you who bird watch, think about all the different habitats you find birds in while observing them. Even within a single habitat you can come across different microhabitats. In a marsh, for example, a duck may be swimming and foraging in the open while a bittern will often be found hunting for prey among the dense reeds and grasses.
“It is our job as rehabilitators to try our best to mimic these environments as much as we can,” says Susan Wylie, Le Nichoir’s Executive Director.
Recently, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation provided Le Nichoir with funding to purchase two portable wildlife aquatic pens. This generous donation will allow Le Nichoir to improve the quality of life and subsequent release rate of injured aquatic birds by giving them more appropriate and safe housing during their stay.
Aquatic birds spend their lives on water. While in care, they require pools to feed, maintain their muscle mass and waterproof their feathers. However, the Centre’s existing cement-based songbird aviaries were not designed to house aquatic birds – they are not ideal for birds that are adapted to be in water most of their lives.
The new wildlife pens will be used by a variety of species of birds that live predominantly on water. These include species such as grebes, herons, diving ducks, loons and bitterns, including the threatened Least Bittern, a species occasionally brought to Le Nichoir. In addition, each pen is equipped with a filter system and pump to remove and recycle the water.
The pens will allow aquatic birds to dive, swim and forage. They will also offer the public the opportunity to observe these birds in a more natural environment. And it will give us, the staff and volunteers, the chance to teach people about aquatic birds’ natural history and their unique adaptations to aquatic environments.