Annual Open House Saturday July 30

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Le Nichoir Wild Bird Conservation Centre will open its doors to the public on Saturday July 30th at 637 Main in Hudson from 10 am to 2 pm.

The event is free and everyone is invited to stop by and learn about Le Nichoir’s programs and to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Guided tours of the Centre, walk the trails of the Sydenham Clarke Nature Reserve with naturalist Chris Cloutier from the Morgan Arboretum, crafts for children, a Bird Friendly® coffee tasting, a cash BBQ and birthday cake.

Guest organizations present will include Bird Protection Quebec, Sierra Club Quebec, Nature-Action Québec, COBAVER-VS, Club ornithologique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Fondation TD des amis de l’environnement.

Come learn and celebrate with Canada’s largest organization dedicated to songbirds.

Choosing Canada’s Bird

Did you know that Canada does not yet have an official national bird? The United States has the Bald Eagle, and every Canadian province and territory has its own emblem bird. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) decided that the country’s 150th anniversary in 2017 would be the perfect time to choose a bird to join our other national symbols, the beaver and the maple leaf.

To help make this important decision, the RCGS and Canadian Geographic started The National Bird Project and are inviting Canadians to vote for the species they think should become Canada’s bird.

There are 40 bird species on the list of candidates. The current top three contenders are the Common Loon, the Snowy Owl and the Gray Jay.

Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Common LoonOntario’s official bird, the Common Loon is found all over Canada during the breeding season. Their eerie call is for many the embodiment of the Canadian wilderness. The Loon’s supporters see it as representing a love of Canada’s natural environment. It is also already present on our dollar coin. Read more …

 

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
Snowy OwlQuebec’s official bird, the Snowy Owl lives and breeds in the Arctic both in America and Eurasia. Found only in Quebec and the Territories in the summer, in the winter it can be seen all across Canada and northern United States. To its supporters, the Snowy Owl represents our northern white country. Read more …

 

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Gray JayAlso called the Whiskey Jack, this social bird already has Canada in its French and Latin names. In the same family as the crows, it shares their incredible intelligence and inquisitive behaviour. The Gray Jay calls the Boreal forest home year-round and 80% of its entire population is found in Canada. To its supporters, this bird is a perfect representation of the people of this country: cold-hardy, friendly and quiet yet inquisitive. Read more …

For more information on all the contenders and to cast your vote, visit the National Bird Project website

Bird Watching Tour June 18th

yellowwarbThe Club Ornithologique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Le Nichoir are inviting the public to come and explore the different species of birds the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve located behind Le Nichoir.  The walk will be held on Saturday June 18th from 9am to 12pm and will start in the parking lot located across the street from St James church, right beside Le Nichoir.  Reservation can be made by phone at 450 458 2809 or by email at education@lenichoir.org.  Note: the tour will be held in French.

Nature Days

Les journées de la natureThe David Suzuki Foundation’s Nature Days event from May 20th to 23rd is celebrating its third anniversary. Organizations around Montreal and off-island offer free activities for all ages to encourage individuals to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

Nature Days is an initiative to help families connect to nature in order to promote a sustainable and ecological attitude towards the environment.

Beyond the benefits to the environment, spending time outdoor has been proven to improve health, reduce stress and help children’s cognitive development.

Le Nichoir took part in this important initiative by organizing free activities at the Centre on May 20th for school groups and on May 21st for families including  a guided walk with our biologist in the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve behind Le Nichoir and learning about local birds and our organization. Look for more information on the Nature Days website, journeesdelanature.com, or contact Jo-Annie at 450 458 2809.

Grand Défi – Results

Grand défi 2016

For the 4th year in a row, Le Nichoir participated in the Grand Défi QuébecOiseaux where Jo-Annie Gagnon and our volunteers observed as many bird species as possible within a 10 metre circle for 24 hours. A bird-watching marathon! This event, now in its sixth year, brings together all levels of birders from across the province to help raise awareness and funds for wild bird and habitat conservation.

This year our team reached its goal of observing 50 different species of birds.

To reach that goal, some of the team members spent the night under the stars, adding the nocturnal Barred Owl and American Woodcock to the list. American Bitterns, a Ruffed Grouse and a Virginia Rail were some of the interesting species on that list.

You can still support our dedicated team members until June 30th 2016 on the Grand Défi QuébecOiseaux website at quebecoiseaux.org (look for team Le Nichoir) or contact Le Nichoir directly at jo-annie@lenichoir.org.