If you have found a bird in distress, the following sections may give you information about how to help. If you need further information, please telephone Le Nichoir at
450 458 2809
It is illegal to keep any wild bird in your home, or in captivity, without a special license. Bring the bird to Le Nichoir for care. It is free – we are licensed, experienced specialists in caring for sick, injured, and orphaned birds, and returning them to their natural habitat.
- DO make sure the bird needs your assistance before interfering, or kidnapping the bird.
- DO attempt to replace baby birds in their nest, or re-unite them with their mother (if they have truly been lost): parents are the experts at raising baby birds. Parent birds will not reject babies which have been touched by a human: birds have no sense of smell.
- DO keep the bird in a quiet, dark, safe place, away from noise, children, and animals.
- DO NOT handle the bird, or cuddle it in your hands, even if it appears calm. In the eyes of a bird, human beings are the worst predators. Handling places severe stress on the bird, and will lead to, or increase shock, leading to death. Talking to the bird will also frighten it.
- DO NOT attempt to feed the bird, or give it water or milk to drink. If the bird cannot eat or drink on its own, it will not be able to tolerate forced feeding.
Releasing Birds After Care
One of the most exciting and satisfying days at Le Nichoir is when birds are released (See picture: Juvenile Great Blue Heron was found emaciated, released in Hudson after being rehabilitation in 2006).
Opening the door and allowing them to fly out into their natural habitat is the goal to which
we strive for every bird which is admitted. Most birds are released directly from Le Nichoir, although those which require special habitats are taken to the most
appropriate place for release.
The length of time birds stay at Le Nichoir
depends on their initial problem(s). All birds are carefully observed each day to determine their readiness for release, and they are released as quickly as possible. Before being released, a bird must be able to fly well, and be self-feeding. We have many feeders with different types of food around Le Nichoir, as well as many bushes with berries for the birds to feed on. Baby birds generally are released about the age at which they would fledge in the wild – usually between 6 – 8 weeks of age, after several days or weeks in a large aviary practicing flying and feeding. Birds which have been injured may stay for only a few days, or up to several weeks or months, until the injury is healed.