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.

The Wildcard continues …

Nigel by Sue PorterWe invite you to Galerie Ouest, 37 rue Saint-Thomas, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, December 10th and 11th from noon until 5 pm (website) for a second chance to buy a Wildcard. The Wildcards will be sold on a first come first serve basis and we have some fabulous works available. (Free admission)

Join us December 10th and 11th for one more chance to buy a Wildcard in support of le Nichoir.

Nature Photographer Chris Dodds in Hudson

Chris Dodds

Join internationally renowned Canadian Wildlife / Nature Photographer Christopher Dodds, on November 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the Hudson Village Theatre (28 Wharf Road, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0) for an hour and a half long slideshow presentation to benefit Le Nichoir.

Everyone is welcome! Stories of adventure, natural history facts and information are all on the menu. Over one hundred of his stunning images will be projected, many unseen in public before.

Tickets are only $15.00 by advance purchase – every penny goes to Le Nichoir. Finger food and hors d’oeuvres are included and there will be a cash bar.

Call 450 458 2809 or email to reserve. Seats are limited. More details ..

Preview the Wildcard Collection

Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

(View location map)

Saturday November 5th from 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday November 6th from 10 am to 4 pm

Event Website

Wildcard 2011

The Wildcard is …
An art market taking place Saturday November 19th at Collège Sainte-Anne in Lachine, QC.

300 artists who have created over 650 Wildcards

A sale of 5” by 7” size unframed original art, signed on the reverse and sold for $65 (the average cost to rehabilitate and release one bird back into the wild).

A fun, fast paced sale. The art is previewed but the buyer cannot see the artist’s signature until the purchase is complete and the card is handed to them.

Lindsay D’Aoust : 450 458 2901 email :

Event Website

Vernissage Fundraiser: Friday Sept.16, 6-9 pm

Anne Brisson – “An Avian Miscellany”


“Inspired by Le Nichoir and their cause to rehabilitate birds back into the wild, this collection focuses on Birds and Fowl executed in the spirit of collage painting and steampunk sculpture. After spending 10 days in Spain in May under the tutelage of Nick Bantock, I have learned to bring more colour and depth to my works. I hope you enjoy this collection of Avian Miscellany as much as I have enjoyed creating it!” – Anne

Exhibition: September 15-18, 2011 – 6-9 pm

Galerie ouest
37, rue Saint-Thomas Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

Ring-billed Gull Release

On July 12 2011 over 170 Ring-billed Gulls were banded and released into an existing colony at Beauharnois, QC with the help of researchers from UQÀM. The group are studying the behavior of Ring-billed Gulls in urban and suburban settings. The released gulls had come to Le Nichoir as days old nestlings several weeks earlier after having fallen from the roof of an industrial building on Montée-de-Liesse in Ville Saint-Laurent.

The gulls were cared for by Le Nichoir staff and volunteers until they were deemed able to integrate into the existing colony and care for themselves. Many concerned individuals and companies made generous donations that allowed Le Nichoir to take on the challenge of caring for these birds.

Visit the reseach team’s website at and please report any sitings of these banded gulls to the team via their website. (July 2011)

Photo Album

Open House 2011

Everyone is welcome to attend our annual open house Saturday, July 16th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

• Watch birds being hand fed
• Birdwatch with Lynn Miller 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 center

BBQ lunch available from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm. For more information call the Centre at 450 458 2809 or email

Susan Wylie, CBC’s Montrealer of the week

Le Nichoir’s Executive Director, Susan Wylie, was nominated as CBC’s Montrealer of the week on June 2, 2011