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

Welcoming back our feathered friends

Welcoming backSpring is a busy time, not only for getting that much-needed spring cleaning done but also to prepare for the return of our feathered friends from their long migration. These birds have traveled far – some up to thousands of kilometers – and so what better way to greet them than by doing some preparation work that will make their return smooth.

One of the most important things to know is when different species of birds return to your area. The best way to keep track of this is to write it on your calendar or keep a diary. You can also contact your local ornithology group or consult with us to see what species have already returned.

With many birds on the move in the spring, you can prevent accidental window collisions by placing feeders either within 3m of the window or 10m away. [Read more…]

The Grand Défi

Le Grand Défi 2016

Le Nichoir’s volunteers have teamed together to participate in the Grand Défi QuebecOiseaux. Show your support of our volunteers by making a pledge!

The Grand Défi

Is a friendly birding competition and fundraiser where 50% of the funds raised support Le Nichoir’s programs, and the other 50% support wild bird conservation projects initiated by Regroupement QuebecOiseaux protecting threatened species such as the American Kestrel, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow and Purple Martin

 Rules

Each team must observe as many bird species as possible from a fixed location over a 24-hour period from 6 p.m. May 6 to 6 p.m. May 7 including over night

Le Nichoir’s Goal

Our goal is to raise $1,000 and observe 50 different species of birds.

Reason for Participation

Not only is this a fundraiser for the Centre, it is our way to contribute to wild bird conservation on a larger scale

Supporting Le Nichoir’s team

Make a pledge! The pledge can be made based on an amount per species observed by our team over the 24-hour period or, a fixed amount to support our participation. Donations in any amount are welcome.

Make a Pledge

  1. Contact Jo-Annie at 450 458 2809 or jo-annie@lenichoir.org
  2. Visit Regroupement Quebec Oiseaux’s website (French only)
  3. Visit our kiosk at Finnigan’s market on May 6 (775 Main, Hudson)

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

News from Le Nichoir

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

 

Changing Colours with the Seasons

American Goldfinch

Moulting is the process of shedding something old to give way for something new. In birds, moulting involves replacing some or all their feathers at least once a year, usually in the fall. For many birds, this means having fresh feathers for the long migration ahead, the most dangerous time of the year for most birds. Blackpoll Warblers, for example, need perfect plumage to undertake their incredible migration and complete a non-stop 88-hour 3,000 km flight over the Atlantic Ocean.

ChickadeeSome species such as the Cardinal or the Chickadee merely use the annual moult to refresh their plumage; the feather colours remain the same all year-round. Others, however, use the moult as an opportunity for change. Vibrant breeding colours are swapped for camouflage, either adapted to the winter conditions for those that stay, or for the long journey and winter habitats of migratory species. And that means going through a second moult in the spring, to regain the breeding colours.

American GoldfinchAmerican Goldfinches are an example. The bright yellow male of summer is still at your feeders all winter; he’s just not yellow anymore but has assumed colours more like the female’s greyish green. Most warblers will do the same; the bright blues, oranges, yellows, stripes and patterns of the summer are exchanged for drab greens, olives and yellows that make most species appear very similar to one another.

Many birds will have this pattern of being colourful in the summer and camouflaged in the winter. However, there are some exceptions. Ducks are a perfect example. Unlike most other birds which usually meet on the breeding grounds or are already mated, ducks usually bond in the winter and migrate back as a pair to the breeding grounds. It thus makes sense to have your best attire in the winter when it is time to impress the ladies. Have you ever noticed that there are no male duck to be seen in July and August? This is because Ducks moult their flight feathers in the summer and during this time they will have a hard time flying. Bright colours and flightlessness are not a good combination when there are predators around, so males ducks take on the drab appearance of the females during this dangerous time.