Flowers For Feathers

Flowers for Feathers

2017 Annual Campaign

Do Birds Matter?

We believe they do. And, we believe you do to. 

When you find an injured bird, where do you turn to? Probably Le Nichoir. We are here to help when you find a bird in distress.

You care enough to call us and to transport birds to the Centre. Our team of wildlife biologists, students and volunteers are committed to providing helpful advice and compassionate and professional care to every wild bird brought to us.

Every fall we invite caring people like you to show support for the work we do at Le Nichoir.

Your gift during this annual campaign is extremely important to us because it allows us to continue to be here for you and for the birds in 2018.  Over 90% of our budget comes from individual donations and fundraising activities.

 

Hummingbird

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird was admitted for care after colliding with a window. To mimic an optimal natural diet, she was fed a customized blend of sugars, proteins and other nutrients every 30 minutes. After a 2 week recovery period she was released to continue her life.

Goose

Amazingly, a tenacious goose recently pierced by an arrow succeeded in raising a clutch of goslings on an area golf course before being caught and admitted to Le Nichoir for care. X-rays showed that in addition to the arrow, the goose had also been shot several times. The goose was transferred to the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital where a team of vets performed surgery to remove the arrow. The goose was subsequently cared for at Le Nichoir while it recuperated. It was banded and released in late August.

Chipping Sparrow
An exhausted and dehydrated Chipping Sparrow caught on a sticky trap was brought to Le Nichoir.  It took fluid therapy and several hours of repeated careful washings with a toothbrush to remove the glue. The sparrow was banded and released.

Just 3 of the over 1,800 bird stories we could tell so far this year…

Did you know?

  • Over 100 different species of birds are brought to the Centre each year.
  • Our biologists will have responded to over 12,000 emails and phone calls this year.
  • Last year, 154 volunteers donated over 5,700 hours to help care for the birds.
  • Individuals from over 180 Quebec municipalities have brought birds to Le Nichoir for care this year.
  • Almost every admission is due to an unfortunate human impact.

In addition to being here 365 days a year when you call us for advice or you admit a bird for care, we also invest our resources into education.

Education at Le Nichoir

Education is key to conserving bird populations and their habitats.

At Le Nichoir we use our unique perspective on the impact human activity has on wild birds to develop and deliver 3 interactive education programs for children: Bird Adaptations – Custom made for Habitat, Avian Detectives and for very young children – What is a Bird?

Our goal is to create in children an understanding, an interest and a desire to conserve wild birds.

Your gift will help make our unique education programs available to more Quebec children – an investment for the future of our local birds.

You are part of the important community who make Le Nichoir’s commitment to conserving our local birds a reality. Today and tomorrow.

Thank you for your trust and for making a gift during this campaign.

Sincerely,
Susan Wylie, B. Sc. Wildlife Biology
Executive Director

Jo-Annie Gagnon, B. Sc. Wildlife Biology
Education Coordinator

Weiyi Liu, B. Sc. Wildlife Biology
Operations Coordinator

 

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Seminar – Helping birds before the winter

Birds in Winter

Birds will soon enter the hardest time of the year for them. For those that migrate, migration is the most dangerous part of the year. For the species that evolved to stay, winter is harsh and food is scarce.

Is there anything we can do to help them survive? Should you remove or put a feeder? How do you make your yard a place where birds can rest and eat?

Le Nichoir is offering a seminar by one of our biologists to answer these questions and more. Come discuss with us and bring your questions!

The seminar will be given in English with a bilingual question period

Space is limited. Reserve your place at education@lenichoir.org or  450 458 2809

 

When: Wednesday, October 11th

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Where: Le Nichoir, 637 Main, Hudson J0P 1H0

Cost: $5

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.

 

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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.