Education Update

It has been a few months since Le Nichoir started offering its programs and seminars online. Despite the original uncertainty of moving to a virtual platform, we are happy to report that so far they have been well received. This is great news for the Centre, as it will allow us to offer education in alternative formats to remote groups and students. Now that the weather is better, we can also offer our programs in person outside, as the pandemic situation allows.

Another great development in our education program is that we have a new version of our Avian Detectives program, tailored to Cycle 3 students. Similar to our original program, which is still available for Cycle 2 students, this version is more suited for older students. Most importantly, it now offers an associated research and engineering project that classes can do before or after the program. The development of this new version of the Avian Detective program and its associated project was supported by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

To learn more or to book a virtual program or seminar, contact us at education@lenichoir.org or 450-458-2809 ext. 3.

White-breasted Nuthatch

This White-breasted Nuthatch was found outside a window, stunned and barely moving on April 5th. The person who found the bird noticed some blood on the bird’s face and reacted quickly, bringing the bird directly to Le Nichoir.

Once at the Centre, the bird had shallow breathing and was lethargic. After a quick basic exam not to cause the bird more stress, our team assessed that the Nuthatch was slightly dehydrated, had an eye injury, and one ear clogged with dried blood. The bird was provided fluids for rehydration and placed on oxygen. As the bird’s condition became more stable, our team provided medication and eye drops and began cleaning out the dried blood from its ear. After a few days, the Nuthatch began to feel better. It regained its balance and began moving around its cage. Its injured eye showed signs of healing. Within two weeks, the bird was moving and flying well enough in its cage to be moved into one of the outdoor aviaries. There it will continue to rebuild its flight muscles before being released.

A safe heaven for birds in your yard

Spring and early summer are great times to work on your landscape. Here are some great tips to follow in your planning to help you create a safe bird haven in your backyard.

Use native plants: To keep bird populations and ecosystems healthy, at least 70% of the plants in your yard should be native. (Ref)

Do not mow in May: Many pollinators rely on early flowers such as dandelion to survive. Don’t mow your grass in May to help the local pollinators and birds.

Use less grass, more plants: Grass offers little value to nature and wildlife. Switch some of your grass areas to native ground covers or low fruiting bushes.

Leave the dead wood: Deadwood plays a crucial part in a healthy ecosystem. Keep fallen deadwood and collect dead branches in a pile in a corner of your yard. If it is safe to do so, leave dead trees standing or cut them down to a safe height.

Use dead leaves as mulch: A wide variety of animals live under the leaf litter, including many insects and other prey for birds. Use dead leaf mulch in areas that are less visible in your yard and watch birds fling leaves around as they look for food.

World Migratory Bird Day

Today is World Migratory Bird Day. Show your support for wild birds and help celebrate Le Nichoir’s 25th anniversary with a $25 contribution to Le Nichoir’s anniversary fund.

Since 1993 World Migratory Bird Day has highlighted the need for greater conservation efforts to protect wild birds and their habitats. It unites individuals and organizations around the globe dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting positive change in wild bird conservation. https://www.migratorybirdday.org/

Locally, Le Nichoir works on the front lines of this movement with its bird care services and education programs in ever increasing demand, A fledgling Blue Jay with a broken wing and a Common Loon that swallowed a fish hook, are just two examples of the 36,000 injured and orphaned birds that we have cared for since opening our doors in 1996. www.lenichoir.org

All money raised will help buy much-needed supplies such as: bird food (mealworms), medications, and will support youth employment this summer. Please join us by clicking on the donate button below.

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