We’re bracing for a challenge!

At Le Nichoir, we save birds. Even when our resources are stretched thin, and even when our enormously powerful volunteer program is temporarily suspended, we continue.

We are committed to keeping the doors open to care for the more than 2,000 anticipated bird admissions this year. The busy season is now upon us and we’re bracing for a challenge! Many of you have realized this. We are most thankful for the generous donor support received since the pandemic began.

The first sign of spring at the Centre usually comes at this time, with the loud and chirpy chatter of orphaned nestling birds demanding to be fed. But this year we experienced something a little bit special: a surprise mid-April visit from a beautiful Belted Kingfisher that was brought to us by a caring citizen. Showing symptoms of a collision injury, the bird was likely completing a long migration from Mexico or Central America, urgently looking to establish a territory and replenish much-depleted fat reserves.

When found, the Kingfisher was in shock and using its wings to drag itself along the ground. Our staff performed a medical examination and the prognosis was that although the bird had been temporarily stunned, it was in otherwise good health.

Although Kingfishers don’t generally do well in captivity, as a precaution, we administered pain medication and kept it overnight for observation. The next day, it took a test flight in one of our large aviaries, and we then released the bird on the shores of the Ottawa River.

We admit thousands of birds in a typical year, but each bird’s story is important to us. Case histories such as this are constant reminders of the impacts humans have on wild birds, and why Le Nichoir’s conservation work is so important.

A lesser-known aspect of that work is our promotion of certified Bird Friendly® coffee. Did you know that many of the species of birds found in our back yards spend the winter on coffee farms in Central America? As part of World Migratory Bird Day on May 9th, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center launched a campaign to promote the benefit certified Bird Friendly® coffee plays in wild bird conservation. We are proud to promote the initiative here in Canada. If you haven’t tried Le Nichoir’s locally roasted Bird Friendly® coffee, we encourage you to do so. The coffee you drink can change the world! (cafebirdfriendly.org)

The Conservation Centre, normally open to visitors, is presently closed to the public. This saddens us and is in stark contrast to last year when we received close to 7,000 visitors. To partially compensate for our closed doors, we created a virtual visit video that we hope you will enjoy. Click here.

Our organization is built on compassion, and we strongly believe it is our responsibility not only to take care of birds, but also to help take care of people. These are difficult days for all of us. Please stay safe and please consider making a donation to Le Nichoir if you are comfortably able to do so.

In sincere appreciation,

 

 

 

Wendy Dollinger, President

 

Susan Wylie

 

 

 

Susan Wylie, Director of Bird Care

Your coffee is stronger than you think !

Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day

May 9 – A day that highlights the need to conserve migratory birds and protect their habitats.

A simple change to your routine can make a global impact. Join us in making a powerful change for birds—even from home!

Drink Bird Friendly® certified coffee and save critical bird habitat, one cup at a time.

 

Buy online

 

Drink Bird Friendly

* SMBC fieldwork, Peru

No other eco-friendly coffee seal comes close to the Bird Friendly® gold standard when it comes to protecting biodiversity on coffee farms.

 

Certifications

 

It’s also a great way to show your support for Le Nichoir’s local wild bird conservation programs here in Quebec.

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Caring for Birds in Tough Times

In light of COVID-19, the Board of Directors met by teleconference to plot a new course for Le Nichoir. The pandemic has forced us to cancel our main fundraiser, A Taste of Hudson. Replacing those funds will call for a major effort and a lot of goodwill. What’s more, COVID-19 safety measures forced us to suspend our volunteer program. Last year, volunteers provided over 4,600 hours of donated time to the Centre. These will be sorely missed in the coming months.

Our multi-talented biologists are working hard to adapt to this new reality. Here are some of the measures we’ve adopted so far:

  • We have suspended the educational program until further notice.
  • We have made changes to our bird care operations to allow us to pursue our mission safely, but on a reduced scale.
  • Bird care will be provided exclusively by employees until further notice. The only exception is ambulance drivers, who can provide volunteer services without entering the building.
  • The Centre is closed to the public except to admit injured birds. Anyone planning on delivering an injured bird must call ahead.
  • La Plume Verte and Bird Friendly Coffee customers are encouraged to order online
  • We are making maximum use of our telephone and online help lines to educate callers and avoid unnecessary admissions.

Le Nichoir is a strong and seasoned organization with exceptional staff. We are confident in our ability to keep caring for birds, even in these difficult times. Our many supporters and some recently announced government aid programs will help us along the way. We are prepared to make additional operational changes as the situation evolves, should we need to.

We will keep you posted as we go, so please stay tuned.

Behind-the-scenes at Le Nichoir

Le Nichoir

Have you ever wondered what a typical day is like for Le Nichoir’s staff? Watch this short behind-the-scenes video to learn about what happens on a daily basis at the Centre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dTP_l7znmU&t=43s

Closure

To protect our staff and the general public we regret that we must close the Centre for all but essential bird admissions.

The Centre will continue to accept bird admissions but by appointment only (instructions below).

Visitors are not permitted and all tours and education programs are cancelled.

All on-site volunteer programs are suspended indefinitely.

Our on-site store is closed. Some products from La Plume Verte however can be purchased online here.

Le Nichoir’s Bird Friendly® coffee is still available at our online store and to encourage you to try it we have reduced our shipping cost to $5 per order.

Bird admissions: An appointment must be made for all bird admissions. We ask that only one person accompany the bird to Le Nichoir and that you do not enter the building. Our staff will explain the admission procedure we have put into place for receiving birds when you call 450 458 2809.

We appreciate your cooperation.