Thank you Mon Ami

Mon AmiWe would like to thank Mon Ami Food and Accessories for their long-time support of Le Nichoir. The staff at the store has gone out of their way on many occasions to promote events and fundraising activities organized by the Centre.

In addition, the store has been generously offering nail clippings almost every Sunday for a $5 donation (per animal). All the money raised is donated to local animal welfare organizations including Le Nichoir.

“Mon Ami appreciates the efforts that animal rescue groups do and the many volunteers working to help animals in need. Mon Ami is proud to volunteer our time to help raise money to support these wonderful groups. Money raised goes towards Le Nichoir, Animatch and Kiko Dog Rescue” Chris LeRoyer, Mon Ami Food and Accessories owner.

To learn more about the nail clipping fundraiser visit the Mon Ami website at www.mon-ami.ca

Nature’s Open House Across Quebec May 17-22

Nature DaysOrganized by the David Suzuki Foundation, Nature Days is a new event across Quebec to discover and celebrate nature in our communities! The first edition, held May 17-22 2014, brings together a wide variety of organizations to offer an exciting and varied program of free, outdoor activities for the whole family.

Jo-Annie Gagnon, Educational Program Coordinator of Le Nichoir will present a workshop:

BIRD ADAPTATIONS – CUSTOM MADE FOR HABITAT

Demonstration of birds’ morphological adaptations (beaks, feet and wings) to their habitat and diet.

May 17 & 18: 09:00 French, 11:00 English, 13:00 English, 15:00 French.

Duration of the activity: around one hour

Tamaracouta Scout Reserve
499 chemin Tamaracouta
Mille-Isles Québec
J0R 1A0

Directions and more details here

To explore the complete list of activities and learn about the organizers of this event visit www.journeesdelanature.com.

Sponsor Team Le Nichoir and le Grand Défi

Sponsor Team Le Nichoir and le Grand Défi May 9-10 Team Le NichoirLast year, Team Le Nichoir participated for the first time in le Grand Défi and despite a cold wet day, was able to observe 46 species and ranked 8th overall for the total amount of money raised to support bird conservation. Can we break our record? We believe we can! But, we need your help. The Grand Défi Quebec Oiseaux is a friendly competition and fundraiser for bird conservation involving birders from across the province. The rule: observe as many bird species as possible from a fixed location over a 24-hour period from 6 p.m. May 9 to 6 p.m. May 10. Our goal this year is to raise $1000 and observe 50 species. Sponsoring our team is easy. You can pledge an amount per species observed by our team over the 24-hour period or, a fixed amount to support our participation. Québec Oiseaux has made it easy to show your support. Make your pledge via the following link and you will be billed by email after the event.

Sponsor Team Le Nichoir
Or if you prefer, call us directly at 450 458 2809
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While the geese are honking their salutations to the newly freed lakes and the robins sing the opening of the breeding season, Team Le Nichoir volunteers are looking at their field guides honing their identification skills for the province wide competition. Braving the rain, last year our team stayed onsite until 9 p.m., in the hopes of adding some owls to our list. We were back at daybreak, 5:30 a.m., the following day to observe the birds at their most active time of the day. Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by the winnow of the Wilson’s Snipe claiming its territory on the marsh: an encouraging first observation of the day as this species had never been seen before by many of our team members. The goal of the Grand Défi is to raise awareness and money to support the conservation of wild birds. Part of the money raised will go to conservation projects to stop the decline of insectivorous and grassland bird populations, such as the Tree Swallow or the Eastern Meadowlark. Another portion of the funds will go to help injured and orphaned birds being treated at Le Nichoir this summer. Please consider supporting Team Le Nichoir with your pledge.

The Grand Défi finished last week. Spared by the rain but tossed by the winds, team Le Nichoir managed to observe a total of 49 bird species, 3 more than last year. The Wilson’s snipe and the American bittern welcomed us again this year and the marsh wren, the wild turkey and the American woodcock added themselves to our list. In the end, our team scored 8th in fundraising with $1,103.Thank you for your support!

A record-breaking fundraiser

Hats off to the donors, sponsors, chefs, guests and volunteers who made Le Nichoir’s A Taste of Hudson a night to remember.

With the tickets selling out in four and a half days, it was a lucky 120 guests who had the chance to attend A Taste of Hudson this past Saturday evening. St James’ Hall was packed with fabulous food, wine, auction items and raffle prizes as supporters of Canada’s largest and Hudson’s own, wild bird rehabilitation Centre came out to raise money for Le Nichoir.

The auction table has always been a key feature of Le Nichoir’s annual fundraiser and donors from far and wide ensured the auction tables were full with over 120 eclectic and often unique items. Susan Wylie, Executive Director of Le Nichoir muses “where else could you bid on a basket of local veggies, a Beswick bowl, a Ben comic, an electric toothbrush and an antique school desk?”

Nine generous chefs from the region created an extraordinary meal that could really only be described as a feast. Tuna tartar, carrot cheddar soup, garlic bread, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, an enormous seafood paella, a small mountain of smoked ribs and salmon, mushroom risotto, vegetarian curry, salads and more was awaiting guests inside. The team from Auberge Willow even brought their BBQ and were busy grilling garlic bread to perfection outside. [Read more…]

Your taste buds will be all aflutter!

The Chefs at A taste of Hudson
de gauche à droit: Stuart LeBaron, Scott Geiring, Mindy Stenberg, Jean-Pierre Martel, Micheal Lawrence – encanteur extraordinaire, Keith Wells, Dawn Hodes, Thomas Spriet, Dr. Amanda Glew – animatrice de la soirée, Philippe Langlassé, Jason Sandeman, Chloé Lamoureux, Lee Michaelson

Le Nichoir is proud to present A Taste of Hudson an evening of great food, live music and enthusiastic bidding all in support of Canada’s largest, and Hudson’s own, wild bird rehabilitation centre. Proceeds from this evening allow us to hire summer students and to provide bird care throughout the year.

Saturday March 29
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: $60 advance purchase only
(only 120 available)
450 458 2809 or info@lenichoir.org

This amazing event is made possible by nine great chefs who have volunteered to cook for the 120 lucky guests at a A Taste of Hudson.

Each chef will create dishes they are known for and guests can chat with the chefs as they make their choices at the food stations. The chefs will be serving hors d’oeuvres, soup and garlic bread, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, vegetarian curry, seafood paella, salads, smoked ribs, locally made ice cream, yummy desserts and more.

Everyone at Le Nichoir, staff, volunteers and board members alike, extend a heartfelt thank you to the following chefs and to C & C Packing, IGA Poirier et Fils and Le Castor Brewing Company for the amazing support they have shown the Centre by being part of A Taste of Hudson.

Scott Geiring – Carambola
Dawn Hodes – Daboom Desserts
Stuart LeBaron – LeBaron Bites
Jean-Pierre Martel – Crème glacée du Terrior Hudson
Lee Michaelson – Restaurant Rube
Jason Sandeman – Auberge Willow
Thomas Spriet – L’artisan de la mer
Mindy Stenberg – Everyday Gourmet
Keith Wells – Mackoli

Read the press release

Read more about each of the chefs and their businesses…. [Read more…]