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.