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.

2017 Special Edition Newsletter

As we launch into 2017, staff, volunteers and friends of Le Nichoir share a look back on 2016.

Both staff and volunteers care for 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 2016, 154 volunteers gave over 5760 hours of their time to help ensure compassionate and professional care for 1979 birds representing 107 species – an increase of 17% over the previous year.

The three most common species of birds admitted to Le Nichoir in 2016 were species native to Quebec including the American Robin (273), Mallard (225), and Ring-billed Gull (192).

Cat attacks ranked as the number one confirmed injury followed by window and car collisions.

Download your 2017 newsletter here

News from Le Nichoir

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…]

2016 Annual Campaign

Celebrating 20 years of commitment to wild bird conservation

Providing compassionate and professional care and environmental education

Annual Campaign 2016Once a year we invite the public to show support for the work we do at Le Nichoir by participating in our Annual Campaign. Your generosity 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 public environmental education.

A Hermit Thrush nestling arrived at Le Nichoir after being attacked by a dog. After 4 weeks of complex care it was banded by the McGill Bird Observatory and released.

A severely oiled adult goose was admitted for care. It took 3 people 90 minutes every day for 7 days to clean it. The goose was subsequently introduced to 2 orphaned goslings. The 3 formed a bond and were eventually released together.

Did you know?

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

Nearly 1900 birds representing over 100 species have been brought to the Centre this year.

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

In 2015 volunteers donated over 4600 hours to help care for the birds.

Birds came to Le Nichoir from over 140 different cities and towns in Quebec last year.

Almost every admission is due to an unfortunate human impact. 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 newly launched for very young children – What is a Bird?

With the recent opening of our new building, Le Nichoir now offers a truly unique learning environment for children linking the classroom with the learning opportunities in the adjacent Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve.  Our goal is to create an understanding, an interest and a desire to conserve wild birds.

You are part of an important community who make Le Nichoir’s commitment to compassionate and professional care and environmental education a reality. I thank you most sincerely for your support and trust.

Sincerely,

Susan

 

 

 

Susan Wylie, B. Sc. Wildlife Biology

The Messenger – November 10

Join special guests Dr. Robert Rice, Research Scientist from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre, Michael Mesure, Executive Director Fatal Light Awareness Program and staff from Le Nichoir for a screening of…

THE MESSENGER
(Original English version)

Thursday November 10th at 7 pm

John Abbott College Casgrain Theatre
21275 Rue Lakeshore, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3L9

Advance Tickets $20
(includes Bird Friendly® Coffee and Cake reception)

Online at: www.laplumeverte.ca
Phone: 450 458 2809

A visually thrilling eco-documentary unravels the mystery behind the world’s vanishing songbird population and questions what this means for humankinds’ own future. [Read more…]

A Perfect Cup of Bird Friendly® Coffee

Le Nichoir Bird Friendly CoffeeLearn how to make the perfect cup of coffee on November 27th at 10:30am with Le Nichoir’s very own roasters, Totem Roasters.

This free 2 hour workshop will discuss coffee from the tree to the cup including how coffee is processed, choosing a grind size, different brewing techniques, importance of water temperature, etc.

Totem Roasters will also discuss why drinking Le Nichoir’s  Bird Friendly® coffee is important and how it contributes to wild bird conservation.

Spaces are limited so reservations must be made at 450 458 2809 or education@lenichoir.org

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