Dr. David Bird hosts «The Lost Bird Project»

The Lost Bird Project

Great Auk Sculpture on Fogo Island Newfoundland

Through the generosity of Middlemarch Films, Dr. David Bird will be hosting a screening of The Lost Bird Project as a fundraiser for Le Nichoir. (film website)

Thursday April 26th 7:30 pm at Macdonald Campus of McGill University
Raymond Building Room 2-045

The Lost Bird Project is a documentary about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them. The memorials now stand in the places where the birds once socialized, courted and fed their young — a testament to what we have lost…and a reminder to preserve what we have left. An official selection at the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA), the film is an elegy to the five birds and a thoughtful and sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission.

Tickets are $5 (available at the door first come first served). All proceeds will be donated to Le Nichoir.

Parking free after 4 pm. ( Map) We invite everyone to come and see this great film!

Dawn’s Desserts Supports Le Nichoir

Dawn's DessertsA big thank you to Dawn’s Desserts! Until April 15th they will be donating one dollar to Le Nichoir for each Maple Walnut Tart purchased and yes they absolutely do sell to the public so give them a call at 1 888 327 3223 or visit their website to learn more.

www.dawnsdesserts.com

p.s. They will also be providing the desserts for our upcoming Murder Mystery on April 14th.

The Lost Bird Project – March 18 at 6 pm

We recently came across this project and thought it interesting. “The Lost Bird Project is a documentary about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them. This film will be shown March 18 at 6 pm during the March 15-25, 2012 edition of the International Festival of Films on Art. For information on tickets, venue and showtimes, please visit www.lostbirdproject.org

The film is an elegy to the five birds and a thoughtful and sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission. The Lost Bird Project is a “buddy movie” about public art, extinction and memory.”

Facebook Auction

Barred OwletCanadian wildlife artist Stuart Arnett is running a Facebook auction on our behalf starting today. 100% of the sale price for this lovely Barred Owl print will be donated by Stuart to Le Nichoir. It’s easy to participate. See more about Stuart, the print and the auction …

AUCTION OVER ! $150 was donated to Le Nichoir

Conference on the Effects of Oil on Wildlife

This past week I attended the 11th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference was attended by a variety of professionals including government agencies, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, biologists, researchers and oil response companies. (Generous donations to Le Nichoir’s Staff Education Fund allowed me to participate).

With oil spills occurring more frequently around the globe, I attended this symposium to acquire a better understanding of what is required to respond to oil spills and to determine where Le Nichoir would fit in if and when a spill occurred in Quebec. Sadly, oil spills happen every day and it is likely that the Centre will participate in this type of response at some point.

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2011 a Record-breaking Year for Le Nichoir

In 2011 Le Nichoir experienced the busiest year yet in its 17-year history, admitting a record 1728 birds for care and treatment. The Ring-billed Gull was by far the most common species we received, with 221 of them arriving from the SPCA of Montreal in June alone. In fact, June was our busiest month last year: that’s when we accepted a total of 658 birds.

The arrival of the Ring-billed Gulls in the summer prompted an unprecedented outpouring of support from the public. For several weeks, volunteers came to the Centre daily to help care for the Gulls while other volunteers built a new aviary to accommodate the injured birds. The new aviary, measuring 36ft by 12ft, will allow Le Nichoir to house aquatic birds in future emergency situations. [Read more…]

Basic Rehabilitation Course

Le Nichoir is hosting IWRC’s Basic Rehabilitation course being held on February 18th and 19th. Registration is now open. This course includes a half-day lab, and an exam.
Lecture topics include: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating drug dosages, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria.

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Atlantic puffin at Le Nichoir

Air CanadaLe Nichoir sends plucky Atlantic puffin to the East Coast

Last December, Le Nichoir received a special visitor in the form of an Atlantic puffin, a first in the Centre’s history. Chantal Brault, a veterinary technician at Hudson Veterinary Hospital, found the bird on busy Guy St. in downtown Montreal. When she realized it was not a seagull but a puffin that usually makes its home near the ocean, Chantal took the bird to the veterinary hospital and then on to Le Nichoir.

At Le Nichoir’s winter quarters in Hudson, the bird was quickly set up in a freshwater tub and fed smelt (fish left over from last summer’s Ring-billed Gull episode). The puffin was also given a meshed area for resting, along with a mirror for some “company.” [Read more…]

December Newsletter Available

We have just published our year end newsletter full of stories and photos from 2011. Click the image to download. In this edition read about a summer student’s experience, an update on the New Centre Project, see pictures and read about our events over the year as well as the full story on the 221 gulls that arrived in June. Plus much more… Use the signup form at the right if you would like to receive future editions. Available in English and French.

The Wildcard continues …

Nigel by Sue PorterWe invite you to Galerie Ouest, 37 rue Saint-Thomas, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, December 10th and 11th from noon until 5 pm (website) for a second chance to buy a Wildcard. The Wildcards will be sold on a first come first serve basis and we have some fabulous works available. (Free admission)

Join us December 10th and 11th for one more chance to buy a Wildcard in support of le Nichoir.