Important Notice

To protect our staff and the general public we regret that we must close the Centre to all visitors.

The Centre will continue to accept bird admissions but by appointment only.

All tours and on-site education programs are cancelled. Virtual education programs are now being offered.

Items from our La Plume Verte store (including our Le Nichoir’s Bird Friendly® coffee) are available on-site or through our online store here.

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.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Moving ahead

Summer ushers in not only the warmer weather, but also the regular sighting of wild birds busily making their nests and caring for their nestlings and fledglings.  Unfortunately, summer is also a time when young birds exploring their environment may run into trouble and require assistance.

Le Nichoir’s team has admitted and cared for an exceptional number of birds this year. Most were found by individuals like yourself who wanted to help an injured or orphaned bird. Our most common 2021 patient thus far has been the mallard, a bird that often nests in urban settings.

There is no such thing as an ugly duckling, and their cuteness can cause people to feel compelled to help. However, it is important to not interfere with a mother and her young. If you do find a bird in distress, duck or otherwise, please call our Wild Bird Helpline (450 458 2809 extension 1) for advice before attempting a rescue. The Helpline is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. If you cannot reach us please leave a message, and we will call you back.

Even with admissions soaring at Le Nichoir, public outreach and education continue to be a priority, and ever so important to fulfilling our wild bird conservation mission. This year’s virtual events have been popular and have helped us reach a wider audience and a new demographic. We look forward to offering more online events in the months ahead. For more information on our upcoming events, see the calendar below.

Thank you everyone for making the extra effort this year to celebrate Le Nichoir’s 25th anniversary. We are extremely grateful for your support.

25th anniversary celebration – Upcoming seminars and festival

As part of our year-long celebration of Le Nichoir’s 25th anniversary and native birds, we invite you to join us at another seminar to discover more about the birds that share our environment. In this upcoming seminar we explore the variety of colors seen in the avian world, their function and biology. Registration is required.

July 8 at 7 p.m. – Les couleurs des oiseaux; les oeuvres de la nature (French)  Register here

July 15 at 7 p.m. – Bird colours; Nature’s Artwork (English)  Register here

We are also happy to announce the return of our annual Festival of Birds and Nature – this time, in a new format. The week-long virtual Festival will take place August 9-14 as a series of evening presentations culminating with a full day of activities on Saturday, August 14. Our hope is that some of the activities may become in-person. We will share more details about the festival in July. We hope that you can join us!

The Barnyard Years – Part 2

For 20 years, Le Nichoir struggled, and remarkably succeeded, in Marnie Clarke’s old barn. Operating under these conditions was a challenge, to be sure! Not only were the facilities seriously lacking in almost every way imaginable, but the barn was by definition a seasonal home, requiring a complete upheaval and move to a winter site each fall and an equally stressful return to the barn in the spring. No wonder the staff’s thoughts turned towards creating a permanent state-of-the-art home for Le Nichoir. By the time the New Centre Project was launched in 2009, a very well thought out wish list had been created to define exactly what was needed. So, in this sense, the barnyard years might be considered a blessing in disguise.

Those years were also an important period of professional development for the field of wildlife rehabilitation and for our staff. It was a time of growing public appreciation of the importance of conserving the natural world, with several environmental organizations rising to the fore. Of particular interest to Le Nichoir was the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC), which emerged as a leader in education and resources for wildlife conservation worldwide. Both Lynn Miller, Le Nichoir’s cofounder, and Susan Wylie, the current Director of Operations, have played active roles in IWRC. Both have served as president and on the Board of Directors.

From those early years with the IWRC to today, Le Nichoir has emphasised and invested in continuing education for its team of wildlife biologists. That education coupled with hands-on learning at our Centre has created a valuable body of knowledge uniquely suited to the needs of Le Nichoir’s wild bird patients, and it is continuously growing through experience as it is put into practice every day. Wildlife rehabilitation and teaching conservation go hand in hand. With this in mind, Le Nichoir launched its education program in 2014, hiring a wildlife biologist as full-time educator. Since then, we have been teaching people of all ages about the value of birds for the health of our planet through interactive education programs, seminars and family activities.

All those years in the barnyard have amounted to much more than thousands of wild birds in need receiving care – which is certainly a very important outcome. More than that, the barnyard years were also a period of learning and growing that built the solid foundation upon which the amazing Le Nichoir sits today, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Tips for feeding hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are unique little birds, and a common sight in most areas, even in urban and suburban areas. Chances are that if you keep a properly maintained feeder, you will be able to observe them.

Here are some tips on how to properly feed hummingbirds:

  • Change the sugar solution at least twice a week (more often during heat waves). A spoiled solution can cause hummingbirds to abandon the feeder or cause illness or death.
  • Clean the feeder thoroughly, including inside the feeding ports, with hot water every time you change the sugar solution. If you see black mold spots, soak the feeder in bleach, being sure to rinse thoroughly.
  • Prepare a sugar solution using 4 parts water to 1 part refined white sugarDo not use any other type of sugar: natural sugar, cane sugar, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup or anything else, as these other sugars contain substances that are possibly toxic to the birds. Do not add coloring or use pre-made mixes.
  • The sugar solution can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • If you want more than one feeder, place them out of sight of each other. Hummingbirds are very territorial and will chase away any hummingbird they see.

Golf Tournament

If you are a golfer or you just want to have some fun, don’t miss this event!

Our 2021 Golf tournament tees off Monday, September 27 at noon.

Food will be served on the course followed by a post-tournament cocktail.

The cost per player is $200, with a charitable receipt issued for $85.

Reserve your foursome now with Susan at susan@lenichoir.org

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