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.


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

Putting out the welcome mat for early migrants

Song SparrowSouthern Quebecers will soon be hearing chirps and flutters again, as spring approaches and the first of the migrating birds return from their long winter sojourn further south. Two songbirds to watch for in the coming weeks are the Song Sparrow and that sure sign of spring, the Red-winged Blackbird. Other birds, like the Ring-billed Gull and the Common Grackle, make their arrival in late February and March.

Why an early return
Migratory birds return to their breeding grounds as food supplies surge in springtime, touching down between mid-February and the end of May. Light, wind, and weather in particular influence the birds’ timing. With climate change leading to a warmer planet, recent studies have suggested that long-migrating birds are returning earlier than in the past. This year may be no exception, as Environment Canada expects warmer-than-normal temperatures in February.

Spotting early migrants
Red-winged Blackbirds are among the first to make the journey back to Canada, arriving as early as mid-February. You can easily spot the male by its black coat and distinctive red-streaked shoulders (epaulettes). The female, smaller in size, is more conspicuous with its brownish plumage, although the white streak on its breast may give it away. [Read more…]

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…]

Bird Conservation Story Number Six

Purple MartinSpecies: Purple martin (progne subis)

Case:The fledgling bird was found fallen from his condo after a large thunderstorm. The bird was cold, very dehydrated and thin. The bird also had some abdominal bleeding. The parents had abandoned the bird.

Treatment: The fledgling was stabilized by providing it with heat and subcutaneous fluids multiple times a day. The bird was also weighed on a daily basis. It was fed a variety of insects and vitamin supplementation every hour. It was also provided with live house and fruit flies.

Outcome: The bird was banded by McGill Bird Observatory and released three weeks later at the location where it had been found – the Purple martin condos at Valois Park in Dorval, Quebec. Luckily, the bird was released just before the martins migrated south.

Did you know?……. Purple martins are the largest members of the swallow family in North America. Purple martins nest mostly in man-made houses that can hold hundreds of birds; they have been doing so for the past 100 years!

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.