From house pet to soaring raven

Common ravenIn late summer 2011, Le Nichoir received a juvenile Common Raven that had been found as a fledgling and kept as a house pet for three months. The bird was habituated to humans, so the Centre could not release it until it developed a fear of people.

Although Le Nichoir does not usually transfer birds to foster homes, it was in the best interest of the raven to place it in the care of Jim Doyle, a professional licensed falconer who has worked closely with the Centre in the past. Le Nichoir was confident that Jim had the skills and training to do a successful slow release. In his care, the bird could fly free during this process instead of being in a flight cage at Le Nichoir.

Over the next several months, [Read more…]

Annual Open House July 14

Canneton colvertEveryone is welcome to attend our annual open house Saturday, July 14th from 10 am until 2 pm. Watch birds being hand fed, go bird watching in the Clarke-Sydenham reserve, observe birds being released (weather permitting), children’s activities, watch a bird banding demonstration by the McGill Bird Observatory, take a tour of the centre, talk to people from Urban Animal Advocates and see the fabulous bird houses made by Michel Desrosiers. Members of the Club ornithologique Vaudreuil-Soulanges will be with us too. BBQ lunch available from 11 am until 1:30 pm. More information available at 450 458 2809. Press Release

Meet us at the Beaconsfield Pet Fair

Sunday July 8th we will be participating in the Beaconsfield Pet Fair in the Beaurepaire Village between 11 am and 3 pm. Visit Le Nichoir’s educational table to learn more about wild birds in your back yard, and come meet other non-profits dedicated to helping both wildlife and domestic animals.

Charity Pot Party this Saturday

Saturday, June 23rd the LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics store at 4067, rue Saint-Denis will be hosting a Charity Pot Party from noon until 5 pm for Le Nichoir. LUSH is a generous supporter of Le Nichoir’s new multi-unit aviary project. Volunteers from Le Nichoir will be on hand to talk about the aviary project and our up coming Open House. We look forward to seeing you there!

Green Team in Action

QuiltThe Mount Pleasant Elementary School Green Team in Hudson, QC have been working on an ambitious recycling project for the past several months. Using fabric sourced from gently-used shirts donated by the Green Team members, over 60 students in Grades 3 to 6 (as well as a few crafty parent volunteers!) have lovingly constructed and stitched a beautiful, twin size quilt.

The Green Team members are selling raffle tickets for the fabulous quilt to raise money for Le Nichoir. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The draw will be held on the last day of school (June 22, 2012) and anyone interested in learning more about the Green Team or purchasing a raffle ticket can contact Becky 450 458 9955 or mpshomeandschool@gmail.com.

State-of-the-Art Aviary off to Promising Start

New multi-unit aviaryLe Nichoir has received generous grants from LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and TD Friends of the Environment to build a new multi-unit aviary that will facilitate optimal care for songbirds and insectivorous birds, including threatened species.

“We’re thrilled to have these two organizations supporting our project,” says Susan Wylie, the Centre’s Executive Director, who helped to launch a funding drive in January. “We hope to have all the money in place this fall.”
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Northern Quebec Crossbill Released

Crossbill at Le NichoirOn a clear spring-like day this March, Le Nichoir released a healthy White-winged Crossbill in a large spruce stand, ending a two-month stay for the injured bird originally found 1,200 km north of Montreal, in Waskaganish, Que.

The female Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) had made the nine-hour journey to Le Nichoir last December in the care of the couple who spotted the juvenile bird and looked after it until they were able to make arrangements to travel to Hudson.

After a full examination, Le Nichoir confirmed that the bird had had a fracture of the coracoid (part of the scapula), sustained from a dog attack. The fracture was calcified, so the bird had complete mobility in its wing and was able to fly extremely well. [Read more…]

Murder Mystery Night a Success!

Auctioneer Michael LawrenceLe Nichoir’s first murder-mystery auction and dinner fundraiser, held at St James church hall in Hudson on April 14, was a huge success! Tickets sold out a full three weeks before the event, and over $33,000 was raised (a record high!) The funds raised included $11,605 earmarked for building a new multi-unit aviary for songbirds and insectivorous birds.

Le Nichoir thanks all those who attended, along with the sponsors and volunteers, for their generosity and enthusiasm at the event. ( event pictures)

A huge thank-you also goes out to all auction donors and sponsors, who graciously provided the gifts and services that made this event so successful. [Read more…]

Charity Pot Partnership

LUSHWe are thrilled to announce that LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics recently welcomed Le Nichoir as a Charity Pot partner. LUSH started the Charity Pot in North America in 2007 to raise money for grassroots organizations that work on behalf of animals, people and the environment. With every purchase of a Charity Pot product, LUSH donates 100% of the proceeds to Charity Pot partners.

LUSH will provide a generous donation towards the construction of Le Nichoir’s new multi-unit aviary, as well as give the work of the Centre exposure in new places. Le Nichoir’s logo, along with a statement about its mission and objectives, will be displayed on LUSH Charity Pot products in the coming months.

Learn more about LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and the Charity Pot.

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!