Annual Open House Saturday July 30

La Journée portes ouvertes

Le Nichoir Wild Bird Conservation Centre will open its doors to the public on Saturday July 30th at 637 Main in Hudson from 10 am to 2 pm.

The event is free and everyone is invited to stop by and learn about Le Nichoir’s programs and to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Guided tours of the Centre, walk the trails of the Sydenham Clarke Nature Reserve with naturalist Chris Cloutier from the Morgan Arboretum, crafts for children, a Bird Friendly® coffee tasting, a cash BBQ and birthday cake.

Guest organizations present will include Bird Protection Quebec, Sierra Club Quebec, Nature-Action Québec, COBAVER-VS, Club ornithologique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Fondation TD des amis de l’environnement.

Come learn and celebrate with Canada’s largest organization dedicated to songbirds.

Choosing Canada’s Bird

Did you know that Canada does not yet have an official national bird? The United States has the Bald Eagle, and every Canadian province and territory has its own emblem bird. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) decided that the country’s 150th anniversary in 2017 would be the perfect time to choose a bird to join our other national symbols, the beaver and the maple leaf.

To help make this important decision, the RCGS and Canadian Geographic started The National Bird Project and are inviting Canadians to vote for the species they think should become Canada’s bird.

There are 40 bird species on the list of candidates. The current top three contenders are the Common Loon, the Snowy Owl and the Gray Jay.

Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Common LoonOntario’s official bird, the Common Loon is found all over Canada during the breeding season. Their eerie call is for many the embodiment of the Canadian wilderness. The Loon’s supporters see it as representing a love of Canada’s natural environment. It is also already present on our dollar coin. Read more …

 

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
Snowy OwlQuebec’s official bird, the Snowy Owl lives and breeds in the Arctic both in America and Eurasia. Found only in Quebec and the Territories in the summer, in the winter it can be seen all across Canada and northern United States. To its supporters, the Snowy Owl represents our northern white country. Read more …

 

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Gray JayAlso called the Whiskey Jack, this social bird already has Canada in its French and Latin names. In the same family as the crows, it shares their incredible intelligence and inquisitive behaviour. The Gray Jay calls the Boreal forest home year-round and 80% of its entire population is found in Canada. To its supporters, this bird is a perfect representation of the people of this country: cold-hardy, friendly and quiet yet inquisitive. Read more …

For more information on all the contenders and to cast your vote, visit the National Bird Project website

Bird Watching Tour June 18th

yellowwarbThe Club Ornithologique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Le Nichoir are inviting the public to come and explore the different species of birds the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve located behind Le Nichoir.  The walk will be held on Saturday June 18th from 9am to 12pm and will start in the parking lot located across the street from St James church, right beside Le Nichoir.  Reservation can be made by phone at 450 458 2809 or by email at education@lenichoir.org.  Note: the tour will be held in French.

Nature Days

Les journées de la natureThe David Suzuki Foundation’s Nature Days event from May 20th to 23rd is celebrating its third anniversary. Organizations around Montreal and off-island offer free activities for all ages to encourage individuals to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

Nature Days is an initiative to help families connect to nature in order to promote a sustainable and ecological attitude towards the environment.

Beyond the benefits to the environment, spending time outdoor has been proven to improve health, reduce stress and help children’s cognitive development.

Le Nichoir took part in this important initiative by organizing free activities at the Centre on May 20th for school groups and on May 21st for families including  a guided walk with our biologist in the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve behind Le Nichoir and learning about local birds and our organization. Look for more information on the Nature Days website, journeesdelanature.com, or contact Jo-Annie at 450 458 2809.

Grand Défi – Results

Grand défi 2016

For the 4th year in a row, Le Nichoir participated in the Grand Défi QuébecOiseaux where Jo-Annie Gagnon and our volunteers observed as many bird species as possible within a 10 metre circle for 24 hours. A bird-watching marathon! This event, now in its sixth 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 reached its goal of observing 50 different species of birds.

To reach that goal, some of the team members spent the night under the stars, adding the nocturnal Barred Owl and American Woodcock to the list. American Bitterns, a Ruffed Grouse and a Virginia Rail were some of the interesting species on that list.

You can still support our dedicated team members until June 30th 2016 on the Grand Défi QuébecOiseaux website at quebecoiseaux.org (look for team Le Nichoir) or contact Le Nichoir directly at jo-annie@lenichoir.org.

Cat Safety to Protect Birds

New Campaign Focuses on Cat Safety to Protect Birds.

With many species of bird in decline, Nature Canada, the oldest national nature conservation charity in the country, has launched a campaign to provide information as well as solutions to help support our wild bird populations.

The Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives campaign led by Nature Canada brings together organizations and individuals who are concerned about the wellbeing of both cats and birds. The campaign addresses the dangers of free-roaming for cats, and the corresponding threat they pose to birds, encouraging pet owners to take action and urging municipalities to implement strategies that promote positive changes for both these animals.

In 2015, Le Nichoir cared for 1649 wild birds brought to the Centre mostly due to human impacts, and unfortunately the most common cause of injury among the birds admitted was cat attacks. As a local partner of Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives , Le Nichoir supports this initiative in hopes of increasing awareness and encourages the public to visit their website at catsandbirds.ca.

Cats and Birds

Spring Is Off to a Flying Start at Le Nichoir

Susan WylieAs spring gathers pace, most of our winter migrants have returned. Everywhere you look are birds busy finding nesting materials, performing elaborate displays in hopes of finding a mate, and moulting into their beautiful breeding plumage. All this activity is a sure sign that Le Nichoir’s services will certainly be needed this summer, and our barn doors are officially open.

With the construction of Le Nichoir’s new Wild Bird Conservation Centre and the celebration of the Centre’s 20th anniversary this summer promises to be a busy one! Our open-door policy allows visitors to come tour the facility, view our interpretive panels while exploring the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve and get to know our staff and volunteers.

We are open for business as usual during the construction but please feel free to call the Centre before dropping by, as you may encounter days when access and parking are limited.

Susan

A Taste of Hudson Raises $52,000

Susan Wylie, Executive Director

What an amazing evening! What a record-breaking success! Our 115 guests raised $52,000 during the third edition of A Taste of Hudson.

2016 is a hugely important year for Le Nichoir. It is the year we celebrate 20 years of commitment to wild bird conservation and the year we open the new main building. Neither of which would be possible without all the support we have been shown over the years. On April 2nd we celebrated the achievements our supporters have made possible and ensured the future of our programs this summer.

The monies raised will be used to provide bird care and education program services this summer and to purchase classroom and kitchen equipment for the new building.

Follow the link to view some images of Le Nichoir Then and Now presented by Dr. Lynn Miller during the event.

Le Nichoir’s Board of Directors would like to thank you for all for giving your time at this event to make it a success. Without you, this evening would not have been possible. [Read more…]

A Taste of Hudson celebrates Le Nichoir’s 20th Anniversary!

A Taste of Hudson 2016

A true community effort by chefs and merchants makes Le Nichoir’s fundraiser on April 2nd a must!

A Taste of Hudson promises to satisfy your palate by indulging in a variety of culinary creations prepared by this region’s chefs. This fundraiser plays a vital role in raising money for Le Nichoir Wild Bird Conservation Centre, Quebec’s only rehabilitation centre specialized in the care of songbirds and aquatic birds.

Chefs will show their talent by preparing signature dishes they are most known for. Keep your eye out for chef 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, Dave Warner of Auberge Willow, Dawn Hodes of Daboom! Desserts, Brûlerie Totem and Jean-Pierre Martel of Terroir Hudson Ice Cream. Each one of our 115 lucky guests will also be treated with a little something from La Maison du Défricheur. [Read more…]

2016 Special Edition Newsletter

As we launch into 2016, staff, volunteers and friends of Le Nichoir share a look back on 2015.

Both staff and volunteers care the birds admitted to Le Nichoir. Volunteers are very important to the Centre’s ability to offer bird care services 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

In 2015, 138 volunteers gave over 4,600 hours of their time to help ensure compassionate and professional care for 1649 birds representing 100 species – an increase of 9.3% over the previous year.

The 3 most common species of birds admitted to Le Nichoir in 2015 were species native to Quebec including the American Robin (13.8%), Mallard (12.4%) and Ring-billed Gull (8.5%).

Cat attacks (8.2%) ranked as the number 1 confirmed injury while window collisions (3.8%) and car collisions (2.6%) came in second and third respectively.

Download your 2016 newsletter here

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