Le Nichoir’s Director spreads her wings

Susan WylieLe Nichoir is proud to announce that this January its very own executive director has been appointed President of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) – an Oregon based organization providing education and resources for wildlife conservation worldwide.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to promote both Le Nichoir and IWRC and the important work both organizations do for wildlife. Networking and sharing expertise is crucial in this field of work and in the pursuit of our respective missions” says Susan Wylie, B.Sc. wildlife biology.

Susan takes up her two-year term as President having served as a Director of the IWRC’s board for seven years. While continuing as the Executive Director of Le Nichoir, Susan will use her position as IWRC President to support wildlife rehabilitators internationally and to contribute to the professionalism of the field.

A Taste of Hudson is back!

A Taste of Hudson

Ten chefs come out for an encore performance at a March 28 fundraiser for Le Nichoir

Back by popular demand, A Taste of Hudson is a great opportunity to indulge in the culinary creations of ten great chefs while raising money for Le Nichoir, Quebec’s only wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to songbirds.

Only 115 tickets available

Saturday, March 28 2015

St James’ Hall

(642, Main, Hudson – across from Le Nichoir)

5:30 pm Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar & music

6:30 pm Dinner

Silent and live auctions

  Tickets $75  advance purchase only at 450 458 2809 (starting Monday February 23rd)

Can’t attend but want to show your support? Consider becoming a Hummingbird Sponsor by making a donation to Le Nichoir. Your Hummingbird sponsorship will help ensure the financial success of the event and all Hummingbirds will be acknowledged during the event. Not quite like being there but a great way to show your support if you can’t make it.

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Special Edition Newsletter

As we launch into 2015, staff, volunteers and friends of Le Nichoir share a look back on 2014: new pens for aquatic birds, wildlife education without live animals, difficult decisions and much much more.

Special Edition Newsletter

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Wildlife pens provide safe housing

Wildlife PensOne of the most difficult issues related to caring for wildlife is being able to provide appropriate housing that is suited to the needs of each species of animal. This is one reason why Le Nichoir chose to specialize in the care of songbirds and aquatic birds.

By doing this we are able to offer the birds better housing built to accommodate their distinctive needs and respect their natural history. For those of you who bird watch, think about all the different habitats you find birds in while observing them. Even within a single habitat you can come across different microhabitats. In a marsh, for example, a duck may be swimming and foraging in the open while a bittern will often be found hunting for prey among the dense reeds and grasses.

“It is our job as rehabilitators to try our best to mimic these environments as much as we can,” says Susan Wylie, Le Nichoir’s Executive Director.

Recently, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation provided Le Nichoir with funding to purchase two portable wildlife aquatic pens. This generous donation will allow Le Nichoir to improve the quality of life and subsequent release rate of injured aquatic birds by giving them more appropriate and safe housing during their stay.

Aquatic birds spend their lives on water. While in care, they require pools to feed, maintain their muscle mass and waterproof their feathers. However, the Centre’s existing cement-based songbird aviaries were not designed to house aquatic birds – they are not ideal for birds that are adapted to be in water most of their lives.

Young Loon learns to diveThe new wildlife pens will be used by a variety of species of birds that live predominantly on water. These include species such as grebes, herons, diving ducks, loons and bitterns, including the threatened Least Bittern, a species occasionally brought to Le Nichoir. In addition, each pen is equipped with a filter system and pump to remove and recycle the water.

The pens will allow aquatic birds to dive, swim and forage. They will also offer the public the opportunity to observe these birds in a more natural environment. And it will give us, the staff and volunteers, the chance to teach people about aquatic birds’ natural history and their unique adaptations to aquatic environments.

Annual Campaign 2014

Because we have the skill and because you support us

Le Nichoir conserves wild birds by offering compassionate care and public education

Donate Now

November 2014
Once a year we invite you to show your support for the work we do at Le Nichoir by participating in our Annual Campaign. Your generosity enables our team of wildlife biologists, students and volunteers to deliver on our mission of conserving wild birds.

Le Nichoir fulfills this mission by offering two programs: professional and compassionate care of injured and orphaned wild birds; and the development and delivery of public environmental education.

A Great Blue Heron arrived at Le Nichoir with its feet covered in tar. The tar was removed following a cleaning protocol for oiled birds. After a period of recuperation which also gave the bird time to regain some weight, the heron was released.

A juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was admitted with multiple abrasions and missing feathers following an attack by a dog. The wounds were cared for and the bird was released after an eight-week recovery period.

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