A Great Event – Thank you!

Open House 2017

This year Le Nichoir’s volunteers and staff changed the format of the Open House to offer more to visitors. The new Centre allowed a larger outdoor venue, and the weather could not have been more perfect.

Bird Protection Quebec, Club Ornithologique  de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Joël Coutu led  bird watching tours every 30 minutes. And, for the first time, Le Nichoir also offered a series of workshops hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation, Morgan Arboretum and Joël Coutu.

The open house was a great opportunity to visit our new facility and experience first hand the Centre’s education program at the interactive education kiosk.

The event drew both new and familiar faces interested in observing Le Nichoir’s patients and meeting a variety of environmental organizations including Sierra Club Canada, Nature-Action Québec, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, COBAVER-VS and Chief Top Leaf.

The Hudson Fire Department and Le Nichoir’s volunteers were also there to give a hand.

A very big thank you to our sponsors and to the Town of Hudson for the use of their tents.

 

Traverse Oka-Hudson Café - Boutique Gratitude
Lee Thompson Global
Clinique Vétérinaire Timberlea Aliments M&M
Le Signet & Wizard Art Shop Crème glacée Hudson

Invitation to our Annual Open House

Invitation to our Annual Open House

Annual Open House

Saturday July 22th10 am – 2 pm
637 Main, Hudson QC J0P 1H0

Your opportunity to get to know Le Nichoir’s volunteers and staff and, most importantly, an opportunity to observe many of the different species of birds found in Quebec.

A rain-or-shine event.

Admission is free and everyone is invited!

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Summer educator to inform and inspire

Le Nichoir is committed to educating the public about wild birds and promoting ways to co-exist with them. To further that aim, with the support of The Hagen Family Foundation and Nutrience, we have hired our first Summer Educator to help visitors have an informative, engaging and inspirational experience at the Centre.
Mark Hagen and Kirstin Lachance

Mark Hagen and Kirstin LachanceMark Hagen and Kirstin Lachance

Kirstin Lachance, who is currently studying Environmental and Wildlife Management at Vanier College will be available at the Centre 5 days a week Wednesdays to Sundays until July 24th.

This dedicated educator will be available to answer questions and offer advice. The role also involves developing interactive learning materials in our classroom for both youth and adults, as well as leading visitors on tours of the indoor and outdoor facilities.

The public is also invited to visit our beautiful new multi-function classroom, which has become a summer interpretation site to inform visitors about Le Nichoir’s work and our local wild birds.

We are extremely grateful to have an educator and thank the The Hagen Family Foundation and Nutrience for their generosity.

Nutrience

International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day

Image: Canadian Wildlife Federation

On May 13th, Environment for the Americas is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day to raise awareness of the birds that connect the countries across the Americas through their migration. For this occasion, Le Nichoir and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) have organized a series of activities to celebrate the return of our migratory birds from their winter down south.

We are excited to be hosting one of three Wild Migration Maps, a giant 11m x 8m floor map showing the migration pattern of 20 at-risk Canadian species, at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in Hudson.

Come walk on the map to trace the migration of birds across the Americas, learn about the wonders of migration and discover the reasons behind this behaviour. Le Nichoir’s biologists and an educator from the CWF will be there with a series of fun and informative activities for the whole family.

Advance registration is required:
education@lenichoir.org or  450 458 2809.
Details of the activity:
Location: Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main, Hudson (QC) J0P 1H0

Date: International Migratory Bird Day, Saturday May 13th, 2017

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Recommended for: Families with children of 6 years and over

Cost: Free of charge

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Grand Défi 2017

Équipe Le Nichoir

NOTE: Because of the torrential rain scheduled for this weekend, we will begin our bird-watching marathon on May 20 instead.

For the 5th year, Le Nichoir will participate in the Grand Défi QuébecOiseaux where Jo-Annie Gagnon and our volunteers will observe as many bird species as possible within a 10 metre circle for 24 hours starting at 6 pm on May 5. A bird-watching marathon!

This event, now in its seventh 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 aims to observe 55 different species of birds, 5 more than last year.

To reach that goal, some of the team members will spend the night under the stars, hoping to add the nocturnal birds like the Barred Owl or the American Woodcock to the list.

Sponsor Team Le Nichoir here

Or, contact Le Nichoir directly at 450 458 2809

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day at Le NichoirIn celebration of Earth Day, Le Nichoir and artist Nancy Farnum from 2 Barn Owls in Hudson are coming together to pay tribute to Earth’s life and ecosystems.

Throughout the day you will be able to witness Nancy Farnum working on the construction of a giant nest to crown the snag of a century-old maple located beside the centre. We reluctantly had to cut down the dying tree two years ago, but purposely left the main trunk standing so it could continue to serve as a valuable resource for wild birds.

Come join us on April 22nd to witness the construction of the nest and learn about the fascinating ecosystem surrounding deadwood from the death of the tree to the moment it goes back to earth and its importance for wild birds. Discovery walks in the nature reserve, games, fun and much more are on the menu!

Advance registration is required:
education@lenichoir.org or  450 458 2809.

Details of the activity:
Location: Le Nichoir Wild Bird Conservation Centre and the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve

Date: Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd, 2017

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

Recommended for: Families with children of 6 years and over

Cost: Free of charge

Easter Ducks and Chicks

In the spring, Le Nichoir often receives calls from parents and teachers looking for a new home for ducks or chickens purchased for Easter to offer children the unique experience of raising a bird. However there are many things to consider before deciding to continue this tradition:

Cute and cuddly at first, these baby birds will become large and extremely messy in a matter of weeks.

Although an indoor pet chicken is not unheard of, it is not recommended. Ducks are even worse: definitely not suitable for a house, they need a farm access to water and the outdoors to forage.

In many municipalities it is illegal to keep farm animals, especially roosters. It is very hard to determine the sex of a chick.

Farm ducks and chickens cannot be released as they are not adapted to life in the wild. They are flightless and so cannot escape from predators, find adequate food or take shelter from the cold.

Young birds need to be with others of their kind. They are not toys, and being carried around and played with by children is stressful and unnatural for them.

Growing birds have very specific dietary needs. Not being fed properly they will rapidly develop malformations and permanent health issues.

This practice can reduce the value of a life in the eyes of children and make them see animals as expendable. Even raising these birds for a few days then returning them to the seller is inhumane.

Unless you can provide them with the care and environment they need and the prospect of a suitable permanent home, Le Nichoir is asking the public to avoid buying live Easter gifts and to spread this message in your community.

 

A Taste of Hudson Raises $63,000

A Taste of Hudson 2017

For the fourth year in a row, A Taste of Hudson was a record-breaking success. This past Saturday evening 140 most generous guests came together to raise $63,000 to support Le Nichoir’s conservation programs.

 

View pictures from the event here

Thank you Catherine Jarjour for the great images!

Centrepieces by Wanda BrayAll of us at Le Nichoir would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the directors, members and staff of Whitlock Golf and Country Club for hosting the event. The friendly and professional staff made our chefs and guests very welcome in the beautiful club facilities. We could not have asked for a more perfect location to hold A Taste of Hudson.

Woodpeckers were the theme of the evening and Wanda Bray’s most creative centrepieces set the tone. (They were auctioned off at the end of the evening to raise money to send our education program coordinator to a conference this fall).

Woodpeckers dominated the live auction as we asked our guest to help us build a new aviary specifically designed for their needs. Architect Vouli Mamfredis donated her time and talents to work with Le Nichoir’s Executive Director to design just such a structure and our guests donated over $22,000 towards its construction.

New Aviary for Woodpeckers

The evening would not have been possible without our most generous and talented chefs, our incredible sponsors, most giving auction donors, talented musicians, amazing auctioneers, extraordinary MC and truly remarkable volunteers.

Master of Ceremonies Elias Makos

 

Our Auctioneers – Michael Lawrence and Robin Pridham, our MC – Elias Makos, our Musicians – Stewart Gunyon, Geoff Mitchell and Andrew Skowronski,

Auctioneers Michael Lawrence and Robin Pridham

 

Our dedicated volunteers – Jessica Cadieux, Carolyn Cantley, Cynthia Chesmer, Sean Cloghesy, Ryan Denis, Gail Dunlop. Susi Filsner, Margot Gilbert, Johanne Gravel, Erin Harris, Kevin Ilaqua, Nancy Kaudel, Martin Jackson, Catherine Jarjour, Veronica Jensen, Janine Johnson, Wayne Leduc, Diana McHugh, Lynley Nakano, Johanne Oolman, Christina Pagé, Elöise Perrudin, Roxana Robles, Kathy Rowe, Christine Saillart, Stephen Saplywyj, Marilyne Savard, Amanda Schofield, Diane Séguin, Judith Théorêt and Karen Wylie.

Our volunteers at A Taste of Hudson 2017

 

And a big thank you to this evenings talented chefs – Claudia Portaro-Claudia’s Catering, Dawn Hodes–Daboom! Desserts, James Mitchell-House of Chef James Mitchell, Jean-Pierre Martel -Crème glacée du terrior Hudson, Keith Wells–Mackoli Catering, l’équipe de L’artisan de la mer, Le Cozy Café’s team, Maison du Défricheur, Nancy Kaudel & Carl Dubé-Totem Roasters, Patricia Hovington-Minus 40 Foods, Stuart LeBaron-LeBaron Bites, and Whitlock Golf & Country Club chef.

The Chefs at A Taste of Hudson 2017

 

Sponsors for the event included:

 

Woodpecker LevelThe tenacious Woodpecker makes us stand up and take notice.

Fast Wheels

 

Wayside Inspection Devices

 

Whitlock Golf and Country Club Promutuel Vaudreuil-Soulanges

 


Heron LevelThe noble Heron is a symbol of good judgment and wisdom.

 

Hôpital vétérinaire Hudson The Country Gardener

The Country Gardener
www.thecountrygardener.ca

 eSpace Construction inc. Hawkesbury Ford

 


Cardinal LevelThe Fiery Cardinal tends to stand out from the crowd.

 

Lee Thompson Pridham's Auction House

www.pridhams.ca
1 877 533 5877

BFL Canada

 


Swallow LevelSwallows represent freedom, hope and the beginning of a journey.

 Patricia Wright  Skedaddle

A Taste of Hudson is Back!

Taste of Hudson 2017

The fourth edition of a Taste of Hudson promises to be the best yet. With the support of the amazing people at Whitlock Golf and Country Club, A Taste of Hudson 2017 will be held at the Club on Saturday, March 25.

Whitlock Golf & Country ClubWhitlock is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and a place where Le Nichoir has released many birds over the years. We are thrilled to be able to hold our most important annual fundraiser in the beautiful club facilities.

In addition to Whitlock’s own chefs, this year’s participating chefs include Claudia Portaro from Claudia’s Catering, Stuart Le Baron of LeBaron Bites, Keith Wells of Mackoli Catering, The team of L’artisan de la mer, Patricia Hovington of Minus 40 Foods, James Mitchell of House of Chef James Mitchell, the team from Le Cozy Café, Dawn Hodes of Daboom! Desserts, Brûlerie Totem and Jean-Pierre Martel of Terroir Hudson Ice Cream. And of course, a little something from our friends at La Maison du Défricheur.

Because of the generosity of Whitlock Golf and Country Club and the generosity of the chefs, sponsors and volunteers, the entire event ticket price will benefit Le Nichoir.

Le Nichoir is known far and wide for its auction tables. There will be no shortage of great items to bid on throughout the evening thanks to the support shown by businesses and individuals who care about Le Nichoir’s programs of bird care and environmental education.

Michael Lawrence and Robin Pridham of Pridham’s Auction House are teaming up once again to ensure the success of the live auction and Breakfast Television’s Elias Makos will pull it all together as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

Saturday March 25, 2017
Whitlock Golf and Country Club
(128 Côte Saint-Charles, Hudson)

5:30 pm hors d’oeuvres, cash bar & music
6:30 pm dinner

Silent and Live auctions

$120 ($70 tax receipt available)

A beautiful venue, fabulous food, loaded auction tables – Come out and show your support for Canada’s largest songbird rehabilitation program and the new Wild Bird Conservation Centre.

Tickets go on sale Monday February 27 and can be reserved by calling Le Nichoir at 450 458 2809.

Celebrating the inauguration of the TD classroom

Inauguration of the TD Class

From right to left : Wendy Dollinger, Vice-president, Le Nichoir, Patrick Sum, District, Vice President, TD Canada Trust, Violaine Pronovost, Coordinator, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Quebec Region, Jo-Annie Gagnon, Education Programs Coordinator, Le Nichoir and two students from Murielle-Dumont elementary school.

Hudson, January 19, 2017 – Yesterday Le Nichoir, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and students from Murielle-Dumont elementary school celebrated the inauguration of the TD classroom dedicated to environmental education within Le Nichoir’s new Wild Bird Conservation Centre.

The classroom is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the organization and TD FEF. Thanks to support from partners such as TD FEF, Le Nichoir has increased its bird care and education program capabilities significantly over the last 5 years

TD FEF is pleased to contribute to the development of educational programs for the largest Canadian songbird rehabilitation centre,” said Patrick Sum, District Vice President, TD Canada Trust. “The TD classroom at Le Nichoir provides children with a unique educational experience that will certainly peak their interest in wild birds, to both understand the birds and take action to promote their survival.

The TD classroom and its strategic location, at the entrance of the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve, will provide children with an exceptional educational environment. With its soaring wooden ceiling, [Read more…]