Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2016

Le Nichoir

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters who gave so generously in 2015. We could not have cared for all the birds brought to our door, delivered so many education programs or begun construction of the new building without you.

Model Le NichoirThe architects at Studio MMA have created a build-it yourself Nichoir. Print it out and build your own model of the new Centre as designed by Studio MMA and as being built by eSpace Construction.

We look forward to welcoming you to the real thing next summer!

2015 Annual Campaign

Annual Campaign 2015Once a year during our Annual Campaign we invite the community to show its support for the work we do at Le Nichoir. Your gift to Le Nichoir during our Annual Campaign enables our team of wildlife biologists, students and volunteers to deliver on our mission of conserving wild birds.

Le Nichoir fulfills this mission by offering two programs: professional and compassionate care of injured and orphaned wild birds, and the development and delivery of environmental education to the public.

Did you know?

Le Nichoir has grown to be Canada’s largest songbird rehabilitation centre.

So far this year, over 1560 birds representing 84 species have been admitted for care.

Staff and volunteers respond to over 6000 emails and phone calls each year.

Last year volunteers donated over 4500 hours to help care for the birds.

In 2014 birds came to Le Nichoir from 144 different cities and towns in Quebec.

Almost every admission is due to an unfortunate human impact.

We took in 11 young Cliff Swallows when their nests were removed from a Montreal bridge. After several weeks of feedings every 45 minutes, they were banded and released.

A Canada Goose was admitted with a fish hook embedded in her neck. The hook was removed, the wound cleaned and after a short recovery period in our large aviary she was released.

Five nestling Bank Swallows, a declining species in Quebec, were rescued after excavation equipment destroyed their nest, a tunnel in the sand. The young birds were fed a specialized diet every 30 minutes for several weeks before learning to fly in a flight cage. They were successfully released in a protected area.

At Le Nichoir birds are looked after as individuals, yet we strongly believe that education is the real key to conserving wild bird populations and their habitats. At the Centre we see the impact of human activity on wild birds on a daily basis, and we are using this powerful perspective to develop our formal education program. Over 600 children participated in our programs so far this year. The financial support received during our Annual Campaign is what permits us to continue to develop and offer these programs.

On behalf of all of us at Le Nichoir, thank-you for your participation in our Annual Campaign, and for your confidence in our efforts to care for the birds that share our planet.

Sincerely,

Susan

Susan Wylie, Sc. Wildlife Biology
Executive Director

 

Le Nichoir Launches Bird Friendly Coffee

Why Le Nichoir and coffee?

Le Nichoir Bird Friendly CoffeeWe developed Le Nichoir’s Bird Friendly coffee to promote the preservation of habitat for the migratory birds that travel from our backyards each winter to the faraway farms?that produce our coffee.

Drinking Bird Friendly coffee is a simple choice we can make to protect migratory bird habitat.

 

 

Why buy our coffee?

Bird Friendly logo

  • Certified Bird Friendly coffee is the strictest environmental standard when it comes to protecting bird habitat.
  • Encourage farmers to preserve agroforests by increasing demand for certified coffees
  • It’s locally roasted within 20 km of Le Nichoir to ensure it is always really fresh
  • Profits support Le Nichoir’s bird care and education programs
  • And of course, it is delicious!

 

Where to buy

Que de bonnes choses La Plume Verte

 

An Exciting Day at Le Nichoir

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The rain stopped and the clouds parted as guests arrived at the new Conservation Centre groundbreaking ceremony August 14th.

 “We’ve been looking forward to this day for some time” says Susan Wylie Executive Director.”

The new main building will house an avian wildlife rehabilitation facility that will ensure the public year round access to the professional services of Le Nichoir as well as providing the region with emergency response services and an important centre of expertise.

In addition, the building will house a multi-function classroom facility that will permit a significant expansion of Le Nichoir’s on-site environmental education program, providing a unique learning environment that links the classroom and the adjacent nature reserve.

The building was designed by Studio MMA, a Montreal architecture firm with a long-standing commitment to environmentally responsible architecture.

 “The guiding vision for this project is of a building integrated into its community and integrated into its site, a building that fulfills its educational vocation both in terms of ornithology and as an example of sustainable construction: a ‘green’ building that reflects the environmental values of Le Nichoir” says Vouli Mamfredis, partner in charge of the project.

Construction Managers for the project are eSpace Construction Inc, a company with a solid reputation in executing sustainable construction projects. The building will be completed in 2016 in time for Le Nichoir’s 20th anniversary of conserving avian wildlife.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place in the presence of Mme Marie-Claude Nichols MNA Vaudreuil, M. Jamie Nicholls MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, M. Jean Lalonde Préfet de la MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, M. Ed Prévost Mayor of Hudson, M. Julien Turcotte General Manager CLD Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Mme. Nathalie Zinger Regional Vice-President Nature Conservancy of Canada, Mme Lynn Miller co-founder of Le Nichoir as well as representatives from partner organizations and individual supporters of the project.

Humane Society International’s Aviva Vetter and Le Nichoir’s President Lindsay D’Aoust

Humane Society International’s Aviva Vetter and Le Nichoir’s President Lindsay D’Aoust

Nicholas Gilman, Executive Director SPCA Montreal and Le Nichoir’s Executive Director Susan Wylie.

Nicholas Gilman, Executive Director SPCA Montreal and Le Nichoir’s Executive Director Susan Wylie.

Open House Invitation

Open House

Come participate in a guided tour of our facility, take a bird watching walk with a naturalist, or have your face painted by one of our volunteers.

Saturday July 18, 2015
10 am – 2 pm
637 Main, Hudson QC J0P 1H0

There will be a variety of fun activities, a cash BBQ lunch as well as other non-profit organizations for you to meet.

This is a rain-or-shine event that gives you the opportunity to get to know Le Nichoir’s volunteers and staff and, most importantly, offers the opportunity to observe many of the different species of birds found in Quebec. Admission is free and everyone is invited!

Press Release

Le Nichoir on the Trail …

… at the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve

Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve

To love your neighbour like yourself, it certainly helps to pick the right neighbourhood! Le Nichoir is very fortunate to be right next door to a small but immensely valuable natural jewel, the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve. Owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, this 47-acre site is adjacent to Le Nichoir, and has been a perfect haven for the centre to release many of our birds.

Despite its modest size, the reserve features many different habitats, from old forests to fields and temporary ponds, and hosts an impressive variety of fauna and flora. It is home to some of our most colourful birds, such as the Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) and the Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea). The Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve also serves as a feeding ground for declining aerial insectivores such as the Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) and the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) nesting close by.

Interpretation Panel

Building on this symbiotic relationship with our neighbour, last year Le Nichoir embarked upon a project to promote the reserve and its treasures. Supported by grants from the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement and the Fondation de la faune du Québec, this project involved the design, production and installation of six interpretation panels, with information about the habitats and avian species along the trail through the reserve. As part of the project, a more current, detailed map of the reserve’s trail system was developed, with the invaluable assistance of six McGill students who walked all the trails and produced a map as an environmental research project.

UPDATE – July 18

The unveiling took place in the presence of Ed Prévost, the Mayor of Hudson, Jamie Nicholls, MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Martine Hamel, project coordinator at the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement as well as representatives from the other parties involved in the project.

Press Release

Wild Bird Conservation Centre Update

Building upon Success

New Main Building

In 2013 our supporters helped us complete the new multi-unit aviary complex. And, in 2014 while the birds were benefiting from their greatly improved housing,  we have been concentrating on designing and seeking support for a new main building.  We are thrilled to be able to share with you the news that we are now less than $100,000 away from reaching our goal of $944,000. [Read more…]

A Taste of Hudson Raises $41,000

Elias Makos

Now a highlight of the region’s social calendar, this year’s A Taste of Hudson was a resounding success. The culinary extravaganza and live auction, which took place at St. James’ Hall on March 28th, raised an amazing $41,000 for Le Nichoir.

The money raised will be used to provide bird care, expand the children’s educational program, and fund student employment over the coming summer.

Thank you to all those who contributed to a wonderful evening. Chefs, auction donors, sponsors, musicians, auctioneers, our Master of Ceremonies, staff and 35 volunteers worked together to create this event in support of Le Nichoir. Our list of people to thank is long but includes: [Read more…]

La Plume Verte – Online

La Plume Verte - Online

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.

Visit the store

Le Nichoir’s Director spreads her wings

Susan WylieLe 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.