A Taste of Hudson is back!

A Taste of Hudson

Ten chefs come out for an encore performance at a March 28 fundraiser for Le Nichoir

Back by popular demand, A Taste of Hudson is a great opportunity to indulge in the culinary creations of ten great chefs while raising money for Le Nichoir, Quebec’s only wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to songbirds.

Only 115 tickets available

Saturday, March 28 2015

St James’ Hall

(642, Main, Hudson – across from Le Nichoir)

5:30 pm Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar & music

6:30 pm Dinner

Silent and live auctions

  Tickets $75  advance purchase only at 450 458 2809 (starting Monday February 23rd)

Can’t attend but want to show your support? Consider becoming a Hummingbird Sponsor by making a donation to Le Nichoir. Your Hummingbird sponsorship will help ensure the financial success of the event and all Hummingbirds will be acknowledged during the event. Not quite like being there but a great way to show your support if you can’t make it.

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Special Edition Newsletter

As we launch into 2015, staff, volunteers and friends of Le Nichoir share a look back on 2014: new pens for aquatic birds, wildlife education without live animals, difficult decisions and much much more.

Special Edition Newsletter

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Wildlife pens provide safe housing

Wildlife PensOne of the most difficult issues related to caring for wildlife is being able to provide appropriate housing that is suited to the needs of each species of animal. This is one reason why Le Nichoir chose to specialize in the care of songbirds and aquatic birds.

By doing this we are able to offer the birds better housing built to accommodate their distinctive needs and respect their natural history. For those of you who bird watch, think about all the different habitats you find birds in while observing them. Even within a single habitat you can come across different microhabitats. In a marsh, for example, a duck may be swimming and foraging in the open while a bittern will often be found hunting for prey among the dense reeds and grasses.

“It is our job as rehabilitators to try our best to mimic these environments as much as we can,” says Susan Wylie, Le Nichoir’s Executive Director.

Recently, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation provided Le Nichoir with funding to purchase two portable wildlife aquatic pens. This generous donation will allow Le Nichoir to improve the quality of life and subsequent release rate of injured aquatic birds by giving them more appropriate and safe housing during their stay.

Aquatic birds spend their lives on water. While in care, they require pools to feed, maintain their muscle mass and waterproof their feathers. However, the Centre’s existing cement-based songbird aviaries were not designed to house aquatic birds – they are not ideal for birds that are adapted to be in water most of their lives.

Young Loon learns to diveThe new wildlife pens will be used by a variety of species of birds that live predominantly on water. These include species such as grebes, herons, diving ducks, loons and bitterns, including the threatened Least Bittern, a species occasionally brought to Le Nichoir. In addition, each pen is equipped with a filter system and pump to remove and recycle the water.

The pens will allow aquatic birds to dive, swim and forage. They will also offer the public the opportunity to observe these birds in a more natural environment. And it will give us, the staff and volunteers, the chance to teach people about aquatic birds’ natural history and their unique adaptations to aquatic environments.

Annual Campaign 2014

Because we have the skill and because you support us

Le Nichoir conserves wild birds by offering compassionate care and public education

Donate Now

November 2014
Once a year we invite you to show your 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 Great Blue Heron arrived at Le Nichoir with its feet covered in tar. The tar was removed following a cleaning protocol for oiled birds. After a period of recuperation which also gave the bird time to regain some weight, the heron was released.

A juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was admitted with multiple abrasions and missing feathers following an attack by a dog. The wounds were cared for and the bird was released after an eight-week recovery period.

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Our Growing Environmental Education Program

Jo-AnnieLe Nichoir continues to strive towards its goal of conserving wild birds through rehabilitation and education. The Centre has had a productive year moving forward with its education program and hiring its first full-time educator, Jo-Annie Gagnon. Jo-Annie, a wildlife biologist, is now offering our “Bird Adaptations: Custom-made for Habitat” program to elementary school children year round in their classrooms.

We are very fortunate to have Bird Protection Quebec (BPQ) help support the program. “As we head into our second year of delivering ‘Bird Adaptations’ we are proud to have BPQ , Canada’s oldest conservation charity, sponsoring it for the next three years,” said Wendy Dollinger, Le Nichoir board member.

Press Release

Bird Adaptations is an interactive program that explores why Quebec birds have different beaks, feet and wings depending on their diet and habitat. The goal of our program is to promote awareness and understanding in children of the wild birds that surround them and the threats these birds face today.

This program is the first of many as we plan to roll out a new program every year. Coming this fall is “Avian CSI” in which children will become bird detectives and try to discover the reasons behind bird injuries from real situations at Le Nichoir. The program will teach children about the dangers wild birds have to face and introduce them to bird biology.

Education plays a critical role in Le Nichoir’s mission to conserve wild birds as part of our natural heritage. As our facility is located next to the beautiful Clarke Sydenham reserve owned by Nature Conservancy Canada, we have a unique opportunity to expand our education role. With funding from Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement and Fondation de la Faune du Quebec, we will be posting six interpretive panels throughout the trails in the reserve. Over 90 species of birds have been observed in the reserve, which also has a diversity of habitats. The panels will present information information about local birds, their habitats and the conservation of both.

Press Release

Visit Le Nichoir’s education program Facebook page, for updates and everything related to our Education programs. This page also offers a great learning tool for the classroom called “Fun Fact Mondays”. Look for an interesting new fun fact every Monday.

Enhancing the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve

Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnementLe Nichoir wild bird rehabilitation centre is proud to announce its collaboration with other organizations in a project to enhance the Clarke Sydenham nature reserve, located next to the centre. Financial contributions from the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement and the Fondation de la Faune du Québec will help, among other things, to create interpretive panels that will be installed along the trails of the reserve. Nature Conservancy of Canada, which owns the land, approves of the project and will participate in it.

The project also includes the development of an on-site educational program for children. Inspired by our program currently available to schools and school groups, it will allow children to explore the different habitats and observe the birds. The panels will be incorporated into the program and will help teach children to find information independently.

Read the joint press release of Le Nichoir and the Foundation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement

BPQ to sponsor Education Program

Bird Protection QuebecLe Nichoir’s Education Program is proud to be partnering with Bird Protection Quebec (BPQ) , Canada’s oldest conservation charity. For the next three years BPQ will be the exclusive sponsor of Le Nichoir’s new off-site educational program “Bird Adaptations: Custom-made for Habitat”.This partnership will increase Bird Protection Quebec’s impact in the field of education and will enable the delivery of Le Nichoir’s educational program to French and English school-age children in the greater Montreal Area.

Bird Adaptations - Custom-made for HabitatBird Adaptations is an interactive program that explores why Quebec birds have different beaks, feet, and wings depending on their diet and habitat. The goal of our program, taught by a wildlife biologist, is to promote awareness and understanding in children of the wild birds that surround them and the threats these birds face today.

Our Education program is growing and we are excited to be introducing a new program to schools this Fall. Visit our Facebook page, “Le Nichoir Education Services”, for updates and everything related to our Education programs. This page also offers a great learning tool for the classroom called “Fun Fact Mondays”. Look for an interesting new fun fact every Monday.

Press Release

Trapped by fishing line

Juvenile Ring-billed gullEarly in July, we received a call from Auberge Zen (an animal shelter in Laval) about a “seagull” found entangled in fishing line, suspended in mid-air by its feet. With the help of the local Laval fire department, the bird was eventually detangled, and transported to Le Nichoir.

The preliminary examination showed that the juvenile ring-billed gull had no external injuries and had not suffered any dislocation from being suspended by its’ feet, with both legs responding positively to reflex tests. However, at this point the young bird was underweight and was still lying on its stomach with both of its legs extended backwards. It was questionable whether the gull would be able to recover use of both legs. After being treated with anti-inflammatory medication, the gull was moved to the Quiet Room, where it could recover away from the public eye.

To our surprise the next day, the ring-billed gull was standing upright on both legs and had eaten all of its’ fish! The bird maintained a healthy appetite and was walking in its’ carrier putting weight on both legs equally, showing no signs of discomfort.

A week later, after a thorough re-evaluation, we moved the bird outside to one of our aquatic aviaries to monitor if it could cope walking in a larger area, and most importantly, if it could swim. There were three other ring-billed gulls of approximately the same age already in the aviary, and as soon as we opened the transport box, the gull jumped right out. It stretched and flapped out both of its wings, made small jumps across the aviary chattering to the other two birds the whole time. It eventually made its way to the pool, dove in head first, and paddled its way to the other side. In a few days, we noticed that the gull was flapping its’ wings. It was time for it to be released.

The ring-billed gull was released on July 21st at Vaudreuil-sur-le-lac, Quebec with the help of our volunteers.

Open House 2014 Saturday July 19

One of Le Nichoir’s most anticipated summer events, the annual Open House, will take place on Saturday, July 19. Hudson Mayor, Ed Prevost, joins Le Nichoir’s Executive Director, Susan Wylie, in inviting residents and out-of-towners alike to this fun and educational family day.

“Le Nichoir is a unique place,” says Mayor Prevost. “And the Town of Hudson is proud to be the home of this centre, which is so important to the care of injured birds.”

“We invite everyone to come out and take a look at this most fascinating facility, whose mission it is to conserve wild birds as part of our natural heritage.”

Susan Wylie says there are lots of surprises in store for Open House visitors.

“You can come and observe the wild birds that often come to your own backyard,” she says. “There are always many different species at the Centre, so you could see anything from a fledgling woodpecker calling for food to a Mallard duckling swimming in its pool.”

The event, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., is open to guests of all ages and will feature interactive activities for both children and adults. The Centre will be buzzing with activity: visitors can meet the team at Le Nichoir, practice their birding skills during a bird-watching tour led by naturalist Chris Cloutier, or take a walk in Nature Conservancy’s Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve.

The Open House will also give you a chance to meet other environmentally minded organizations and individuals, including Chief Top Leaf, who will give a talk on owls.

The barbeque will be fired up from 11:00am to 1:30pm, with all proceeds benefitting the Centre.

Give a helping hand!

Volunteers at workEach summer, more than 1,500 wild birds requiring care are brought to Le Nichoir. Our volunteers play an important part in making this possible. We are always looking for people to help with general bird care, including food preparation, laundry, and cleaning indoor cages and outdoor aviaries. These duties are crucial to ensure a comfortable and sanitary environment for the birds’ recovery.

You can also contribute to the general maintenance of the Centre, or the transportation of birds as a volunteer driver.

If you are interested in being part of our team, contact us at 450 458 2809 or at info@lenichoir.org.