The Whitlock Connection

The Whitlock Golf and Country Club’s logo, a Pileated Woodpecker, is certainly symbolic for Le Nichoir. Whitlock is also an Audubon International Certified Cooperative Bird Sanctuary. And, what’s more, Whitlock has generously hosted our Taste of Hudson event for several years.  It’s a club that cares about migratory birds, making it an ideal, like-minded host for Le Nichoir’s most important fundraiser.

The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest of the woodpeckers found in North America, and a rare guest at Le Nichoir. Even so, one recently won the hearts of our team of staff and volunteers. It had experienced some sort of collision and was in shock when it was brought to Le Nichoir. Once admitted, the bird was given oxygen therapy and painkillers. It slowly regained its strength by aggressively pecking at logs and voraciously consuming hundreds of mealworms a day. The bird is now recovering in the aviary designed and built specifically for woodpeckers.

This Pileated Woodpecker is just one of the thousands of birds saved every year by Le Nichoir’s bird care program. Our program exists because of the support individuals like yourself who have shown their commitment to helping wild birds in need through donations and by attending Le Nichoir events like the Le Birdie golf tournament, which is coming up on Monday, September 27th.

Le Birdie differs in many important ways from traditional fundraising golf tournaments. We want the tournament to be a gathering of friends, affordable to members of our community. Often, fundraising tournaments feature elaborate brunches and dinners, which add significantly to the cost for participants without contributing additional funds for the sponsoring charity. These meals can extend the time commitment for participants, with events sometimes lasting up to 12 hours – starting with a brunch at 10:00 a.m. and leaving for home at 10:00 p.m. after the dinner and awards ceremony. Cutting out the meals allowed us to charge less for green fees and commercial sponsorship opportunities without affecting the amount raised for Le Nichoir’s bird care and educational activities.

Fear not, we will provide great nourishment for our golfers on tournament day. Thanks to generous support from Hudson-area businesses, food and drink stations will be in place around the course. We will start the day with Le Nichoir bird-friendly coffee from Totem Roasters and home-made biscotti prepared by volunteers. Some of our other supporters include:

  • Hudson à Table restaurants: Le Cozy Café, Le Verger Hudson, Le Wendigo, and Que De Bonnes Choses
  • Meat and More donating hormone- and antibiotic-free sausages
  • Restaurant Sahib
  • Masala Dhabba
  • Cardinal microbrewery offering beer samples

The day will close with a reception and bird trivia contest on the Whitlock terrace moderated by Tom Whelan, co-host of the morning show on Hudson’s own Lite 106.7.

The tournament should be a lot of fun, and there are still some spots available so please join us. For more information contact susan@lenichoir.org or call 450 458 2809, ext. 5.


Thank You

We would like to extend our most sincere recognition to the many people, companies and organizations, without whom the event would not be possible.

Thank you to our most generous Event Sponsors …


PILEATED WOODPECKER



HAIRY WOODPECKER


Anonymous


DOWNY WOODPECKER



GOLF CART SPONSOR



DRIVING RANGE



HOLE SPONSOR


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PRACTICE GREEN



CADDIE


Acier d’armature Ferneuf inc.

Concierge Montreal

Enspeco Inc

IGA famille Déziel

Lantaff

Lee Thompson-RE/MAX Royal (Jordan) Inc.

Peinture Polytech inc

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control


AMBASSADOR


A.J. Théoret Entreprenuer élétricien inc

ABC Gestion Parasitaire

Aeroterm

Alain Poirier

Anonymous

Benjamin Sternthal

Cristina Capela

Danny Kocisko

Denis Gingras

Excpcouture

Gicleurs 3A inc.

Grenier Richards Spensieri Assoc. inc.

IPC

Juanita Timmons

Koebra

Louis Frigon

Louis Vincent

Meunerie Maska

Myriam Carle

Pageau Morel et associés inc.

Richard Walsh

Tri-Tech

The Festival of Birds and Nature is back!

The Festival of Birds and Nature is back this year with a new hybrid formula! We are planning activities for all ages and tastes from August 9-14.

The Festival will kick off with a series of virtual evening seminars and workshops given by amazing speakers and covering a variety of topics. Join us to discover the benefits of rehabilitation and conservation, to learn how you can help wildlife and the environment, and to explore techniques for building a safe nest box. The seminars are virtual and free, thanks to our generous speakers.

A few more virtual seminars are planned for August 14 with some in-person wildlife exploration activities into the nature reserve behind Le Nichoir. We are pleased and lucky to be hosting Montreal artist River June for a watercolor workshop to celebrate the beauty of birds through art.

Plus! Participate in our wild bird photography contest! Send us your pictures. The public and our team will be asked to vote for their favorite photos.

See below for more information about the schedule, the seminars and activities, or register for an event.

Virtual Seminars

We have invited many individuals and organizations to present on a variety of topics in celebration of nature and birds. The seminars are virtual and free, thanks to our generous speakers.

Geneviève Gervais – Nature-Action Québec (French)
Monday, August 9 at 6 p.m.

Join Geneviève Gervais from Nature-Action Québec to learn more about the steps needed to protect natural habitats and how to become engaged in the conservation of our environment.

Register Here

Sarah Wylie M.Sc – Life Without Plastic (English)
Monday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Discover how to motivate yourself and others to take better actions for the environment through self-determination. Explore simple steps to improve your ecological footprint.

Register Here

Claude Cloutier – Nest Box Craftsman (English)
Tuesday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Join experienced box maker Claude Cloutier in this workshop to discover tips and tricks for building your own bird house. Learn about the characteristics of a safe nest box and how you can use scrap wood to build a place for birds to raise their clutch.

Register Here

Élodie Hamel – Éco-Nature (French)
Wednesday, August 11 at 7 p.m.

Join Élodie Hamel from Éco-Nature for a behind-the-scenes look at a turtle rehabilitation centre. Learn more about this fascinating animal, the dangers they face and what we can do to help them.

Register Here

Danik Dancause – Walker Glass (French)
Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m.

Join Danik Dancause from Walker Glass Company for a seminar on the why and the how of the impact glass structures have on birds. Discover ways to mitigate their effects and the latest developments towards cohabitation with wild birds: from bird-friendly glass to the implementation of legislation throughout North America. 

Register Here

Lynn Miller PhD (English)
Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m.

Le Nichoir’s co-founder Lynn Miller will join us from New Zealand to discuss the work she has been doing there to help wildlife. Come learn about her many years of advocating for wildlife globally and how societies around the world need to change to build a future where humans can cohabit with wildlife. 

Register Here

In-person Activities – Saturday August 14

A series of in-person activities for the last day of the Festival:

Bird Walk – 9 a.m. (bilingual)

Join one of Le Nichoir’s biologist for a birding walk into the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve located behind Le Nichoir. Discover the avian diversity in our backyard. Space is limited to 12 participants. This activity is free but pre-registration is mandatory.

Register Here

Nature Walk – 10:30 a.m. (bilingual)

Join naturalist Chris Cloutier to explore the nature and wide variety of plants, insects and other organisms that inhabit the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve. Limited to 12 participants. This activity is free but pre-registration is mandatory.

Register Here

Watercolor Workshop – 1 p.m. (bilingual)     

Le Nichoir is happy to be able to host Montreal artist River June for a watercolor workshop.  Using real taxidermies as models, the participants will learn techniques to celebrate the beauty of birds through art. All the material needed are provided. The activity is open to adults and children over 5 years old. The activity will be held outside under tents. Space is limited. Tickets are $13.

Purchase your ticket here

 

 

Picture of wildlife photographer with Photo Contest headline

Anyone can participate in the Festival’s photo contest! Simply send us your wild bird picture (one per participant) by email to jo-annie@lenichoir.org before August 6, 11 a.m.

Pictures must be of a species found in the area of Montreal. We will post the submissions in a Facebook album where the public will be able to vote for their favorite photo from August 9-14. The winner will be decided by the public and Le Nichoir’s staff, and will be announced at the Festival closure and in our e-newsletter. The winner will receive a feeder from our La Plume Verte store!

Please include your full name with your picture for proper credit. You may watermark your picture.

Be sure to take a look and vote for your favorite picture, even if you have not submitted a photo!

 

It takes a community to raise a flock!

Demand for Le Nichoir’s services is growing rapidly as we know from the steady increase in bird admissions and the thousands of calls we receive each year on the Wild Bird Helpline.

How are we able to keep up? We depend heavily on the public’s support through donations for operating funds as well on the generosity of volunteers who give their time to our bird care and helpline services. This summer we have already benefited from over 2,500 hours of volunteer time, but more is needed. For 2021, we hired additional bird care staff, and have asked our non-bird care biologists to pitch in whenever they can. We also added a full-time helpline operator and a trained volunteer to answer calls 3-4 days a week. When possible, bird care staff are on the phone too! Despite our efforts, the huge demand for our services at this time of year pushes our resources to the limit. We are often unable to provide the immediate response with our helpline service that we have always prided ourselves in.

Our staff works hard to strike an appropriate balance between providing professional care to the birds and answering your calls. We take our work to heart, wanting to help as many people and birds as we can. Although our limits are being tested in many ways, we never lose sight of what is most important: the well-being of the birds. If you are unable to directly get a hold of us, I promise you it is because we are hand-feeding a hungry nestling or examining an injured bird in urgent need of help. We will get to you as soon as we can. Please, leave a message with your name and number so we can provide the answers and information you need.

On behalf of the staff and volunteers at Le Nichoir, thank you for your patience and continued support. With over 1,600 birds admitted since January, this year looks to be another very busy one!

The Festival of Birds and Nature is back!

The Festival of Birds and Nature is back this year with a new hybrid formula!  We are planning activities for all ages and tastes from August 9-14.

The Festival will kick off with a series of virtual evening seminars and workshops given by amazing speakers and covering a variety of topics. Join us to discover the benefits of rehabilitation and conservation, to learn how you can help wildlife and the environment, and to explore techniques for building a safe nest box. The seminars are virtual and free, thanks to our generous speakers.

A few more virtual seminars are planned for August 14 with some in-person wildlife exploration activities into the nature reserve behind Le Nichoir. We are pleased and lucky to be hosting Montreal artist River June for a watercolor workshop to celebrate the beauty of birds through art.

Plus! Participate in our wild bird photography contest! Send us your pictures. The public and our team will be asked to vote for their favorite photos.

Get more information about the schedule, the seminars and activities, or register for an event here.

The Whitlock Golf and Country Club

Choosing the Whitlock Golf and Country Club as the venue for Le Nichoir’s “Le Birdie” golf tournament on September 27th was an easy choice!

Did you know that the Whitlock is an Audubon International Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary? It is! This Audubon International program works with golf courses to enhance the natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide while preserving the natural heritage of the game of golf.

At Whitlock, the creation of naturalized areas, buffer zones and natural wet habitats around water streams and ponds ensures food sources and proper water quality around the golf course for local and migratory birds and wildlife.

As Whitlock is a golf course that understands the importance of migratory birds, it seemed like the perfect place to host Le Nichoir’s largest fundraiser.

For more information about this event, contact Susan at susan@lenichoir.org.