We are extremely happy to announce that thanks to the support of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Town of Hudson, Le Nichoir has signed a 99-year lease, which formalizes our occupancy of the buildings and land at 637 Main Road, and will allow for the construction of the new centre. The future of Le Nichoir, at what has been our home since 1995, is now assured.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Town of Hudson for their efforts in make this long term lease a reality.
Earlier this year, we expanded the New Centre Project planning to include the construction of an innovative and much needed multi-unit aviary for songbirds and insectivorous birds. With the signing of this lease and the generosity of donors, including many individuals, TD Friends of the Environment, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Greygates Foundation construction of the new aviary will get underway as soon as the weather permits.
The Flowers for Feathers program run by Dr. Amanda Glew has contributed over $10,000 to the New Centre Building Fund and will continue again in 2013.
This summer, Le Nichoir very successfully participated in Jamieson Vitamins’ “Call For the Wild!” donation challenge program. Five Canadian wildlife and wilderness organizations were chosen to share in a $100,000 fund. Enthusiastic public voting resulted in Le Nichoir receiving $37,248 for our New Centre Building Fund. That grant moves Le Nichoir one more step towards building a new rehabilitation and education centre in Hudson.
With the long-term lease now signed, the new multi-unit aviary scheduled for construction and more than 60% of the New Centre Building Fund in place Le Nichoir will continue to focus its efforts on raising the remaining funds required to begin construction of the new centre.
Image courtesy of the Nature Conservancy of Canada