Festival of Birds and Nature – July 20

Festival of Birds and Nature

Celebrating birds, nature and their advocates

Saturday July 20
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
637 Main, Hudson QC

Le Nichoir Wild Bird Conservation Centre is pleased to invite you to our Festival of Birds and Nature. This free event is an invitation to celebrate birds, nature and their advocates.

The Festival of Birds and Nature is a great opportunity to learn about Le Nichoir, observe the birds under care and follow experienced guides into the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve (adjacent to Le Nichoir) to better understand its diverse flora and fauna.

Many local organizations will be joining us to meet the public and share insights about their work and the projects they are currently working on.

Guest organizations include:

  • Nature Conservancy Canada
  • Bird Protection Quebec
  • Club ornithologique Vaudreuil-Soulanges
  • Fondation Sierra Club Canada
  • Canadian Wildlife Federation
  • L’escapade du Mont-Rigaud
  • Nature-Action Québec
  • TerraHumana Solutions
  • Permabitat
  • 2 Barn Owls
  • and more…

Speakers, including Joël Coutu and representative from the Canadian Wildlife Federation will be presenting on a variety of topics.

For younger audiences, there will be story telling, crafts, face painting and more. If you get hungry, the food truck ‘La Bohème’ will be on site where you can purchase good food, snacks, desserts, and drinks.

Meanwhile, Totem Roasters will have a coffee tasting station for you to savor Le Nichoir certified Bird Friendly® coffee.

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

Sponsored by:

Thank you to Chief Top Leaf

Cheif Top Leaf at Le Nichoir

A huge thank you to Chief Top Leaf who recently made a very kind donation, giving Le Nichoir an incredible collection of insects so that we may continue to follow his lead and pursue his passion to teach future generations about the natural world.

Family Activity – Colours – July 6

Colours July 6 2019

Why is the cardinal red, the jay blue and the dove brown? Explore the variety of colours displayed by birds and the reasons behind it.

Come join one of Le Nichoir’s biologists for a walk in the Clarke Sydenham nature reserve for a series of fun activities for all ages.

Note: Part of the activity will be held outdoor, dress according to the weather.

Space is limited. Reservation required by phone 450 458 2809 ext 3 or education@lenichoir.org

When: Saturday, July 6

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Where: Le Nichoir, 637 Main, Hudson J0P 1H0

Cost: 5$

Sow a seed, grow a community

Grenville Elementary School

Teachers from Grenville Elementary received The Foundation’s Seeds of inspiration educational resources that will help their students appreciate the seed to table process. In partnership with Le Nichoir and the Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation, the school will collaborate with teachers, parents, volunteers, and staff to renew the school garden within the 2019-2010 school year.


Grenville Elementary School

Conference – Pollinators – Monday June 17

Most of us know that pollinators are an important part of the ecosystem but did you know that not only bees pollinate? Learn about the importance and variety of pollinating animals.

Note this presentation will be given in English with a bilingual question period.

Space is limited. Reservation required by phone 450 458 2809 ext 3 or education@lenichoir.org

When: Monday June 17

Time: 7:30 – 9 pm

Where: Le Nichoir, 637 Main, Hudson J0P 1H0

Cost: 5$


Conference – Migration – May 21 – Presented by Le Nichoir

Yellow warbler

We often think of bird migration as a simple flight from north to south but it is in reality much more complicated. Some migrations are long, others short, sometimes erratic or even optional. And how do birds find their way around and manage to come back to the same place year after year? Discover the fascinating phenomenon of bird migration with one of Le Nichoir’s biologists.

Space is limited to to 30 participants. Registration required by phone 450 451 0869  ext. 280  or sentiers@ville.rigaud.qc.ca

When: Tuesday May 21

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Where: Chalet de L’escapade, 15, rue du Boisé-des-Franciscaines

Cost: Free for Rigaud residents
5$ each for non-resident

Note: This conference will be given in French

New Visitor Experience at Le Nichoir

Summer is coming and so are the busiest times at the centre. While we work hard to care for the high volume of birds received during the hot season, we invite you to come and visit us. We have worked all winter to improve your visit at the centre. We have added interpretive panels around the facilities and created a series of great tools for you to learn about the centre and its patients.

During the summer months, an educator will be on-site during some days to offer visitors a free guided tour of the facilities. On days when an educator is not available, our self-guided tours are just as interesting and informative.

Visitors are welcome to drop by anytime during our opening hours but if you are looking for an activity, make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook and website; we have a series of upcoming outdoor activities and seminars for all ages on a variety of topics.

Education plays a big role in Le Nichoir’s mission. We want visitors to to see and understand our work as much as possible. Le Nichoir is also a place to learn about birds in general, their fascinating natural history and amazing diversity and the ecosystems they inhabit.

Our hope is that you will walk away the head full of new knowledge about birds but also with tools and ideas to help their conservation at home and beyond.

Fonds innovation et développement touristique

This project was made possible by Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Fonds de développement et d’innovation touristique (FIDT) of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges.


Throughout the month of May …

Rigaud - Site ornithologique d'exception

Rigaud Mountain stands in an area that is considered the warmest in Quebec. It’s known as one of the richest birdwatching areas in Quebec with over 250 species visiting the mountain and 150 of these actually nesting on the mountain.

Throughout the month of May, most species are returning to their breeding sites and many can be seen performing their courtship rituals to impress the females.

The Club ornithologique Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Le Nichoir and the Sentiers de L’escapade have come together to offer you a series of activities to help you discover the richness of the Rigaud Mountain and the birds that inhabit it.

  • Build a birdhouse – May 4 – Presented by Le Nichoir
  • Birdwatching during the spring nesting period –  May 11 – Presented by Club ornithologique Vaudreuil-Soulanges
  • Songs and sounds – May 18 – Presented by Le Nichoir
  • Migration – May 21 – Presented by Le Nichoir
  • The birds of our backyards – May 30 – Presented by Club ornithologique Vaudreuil-Soulanges


A Taste of Hudson Raises $87,000

The 2019 edition of A Taste of Hudson this past Saturday was an unprecedented success. The event raised just over $87,000 in support of Le Nichoir’s bird care and environmental education programs.

The list of those to thank for making it possible is long but we begin by thanking Whitlock Golf and Country Club for hosting the event. A more perfect venue would be hard to find.

Thank you once again to Le Nichoir’s volunteer Catherine Jarjour for the great images!

Download a copy of the event booklet here

This event was such a success because of a very long list of people, companies and organizations. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all of them!

Thank you ….

To the 142 guests who came out in support of Le Nichoir and who bid and gave so generously throughout the evening.

To the talented chefs who created such a feast.

La Tablée de chefs (www.tableedeschefs.org)

Carrément Gourmand (www.carrementgourmand.com)

Carambola (www.carambola.ca)

Les moulins La Fayette (www.lesmoulinslafayette.com)

Merveilles sans Gluten (Facebook)

Auberge Willow Inn (www. aubergewillowinn.com)

Café Marmelade (Facebook)

Que de Bonnes Choses (www.quedebonneschoses.ca)

Whitlock Golf and Country Club (www.whitlockgcc.com)

Trattoria Lanni (www.trattorialanni.ca)

Meat & More (www.viandeetplus.com)

Cunninghams Pub Hudson (www.cunninghamshudson.com)

Daboom! Desserts (www.daboomdesserts.com)

Totem Roasters

La Maison du Défricheur (www.defricheur.com)

To Stewart Gunyon, Geoff Mitchell and Andrew Skowronski for the great music.

To Wanda Bray who once again created the most beautiful centrepieces which were auctioned off at the end of the evening.


To our amazing Master of Ceremonies – Elias Makos.

To Robin Pridham of Pridham’s Auction House for the lively and very successful auction.

To Michael Lawrence who led the guests through a record breaking Special Appeal in support of Le Nichoir’s aquatic bird care program.

To the numerous individuals and companies who gave so generously to ensure our auction tables had such a wide variety of beautiful and creative items for our guests to bid on.

To the dedicated volunteers who pulled it all together and created such a memorable evening.

Annie Belhumeur, Anakin Benssoussin, Jessica Cadieux, Cynthia Chesmer, Jesse Deluca, Gail Dunlop, Charlie Dupras, Johanne Gravel, Martin Jackson, Catherine Jarjour,Veronica Jensen, Janine Johnson, Peter Kosiuk, Hannah Legault, Juliana Lisi, Glenn MacIssac, Lynley Nakano, Johanne Oolman, Christina Pagé, Lorry Portela, Rafaela Rose, Kathy Rowe, Stephan Saplywj, Amanda Scholefield, Diane Séguin.


To our most generous Event Sponsors








Tickets on sale!

A Taste of Hudson

Whitlock Golf and Country Club will be the host of our A Taste of Hudson fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, March 30th.

A Taste of Hudson is our leading event to raise the funds needed to run the Conservation Centre.

A Taste of Hudson will spotlight the talents of area chefs who have come together to show their support of Le Nichoir by offering our guests a veritable feast

Saturday March 30 2019

Whitlock Golf and Country Club
(128 Côte Saint-Charles, Hudson)

5:30 pm appetizers, cash bar & music
6:30 pm dinner

Silent and Live auctions

$125 ($75 tax receipt available)

A beautiful venue, fabulous food, loaded auction tables – Come out and show your support for Le Nichoir and our conservation programs.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Le Nichoir at 450 458 2809.