World Migratory Bird Day

May 8th is World Migratory Bird Day, a day for raising awareness about the migratory birds and how they connect people across the globe. Did you know that 40 % of Canada’s birds migrate to Mexico, Central America, and South America? Another 30% of Canadian species move to the United States, while 7% winter at sea or on other continents. Migratory bird conservation can only be achieved if we all work together.

This year’s theme is “Sing, Fly, Soar” – like a bird, of course. To celebrate, Le Nichoir has organized a virtual trivia night. You don’t need to be an expert ornithologist to participate! Our team has prepared different questions for novice and experienced nature lovers. This will be a great opportunity to test your knowledge of bird identification, pop culture, history, and wild bird conservation but, especially, to have fun and learn a lot about local birds!

We have two virtual events lined up:

In English: Thursday May 6, 2021, at 7 p.m.

In French: Saturday May 8, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Registration is mandatory! Register here before April 26, 2021, at 11:59pm

You can participate alone, or as a team of 2 to 5 people. On the registration page, please indicate:

  • The names of the people you wish to be team up with
  • If you would like us to match you with other participants or wish to participate solo

Looking for more ways to celebrate?  Le Nichoir has also collaborated with Totem Roasters to develop a series of creative educational activities to learn about some of our amazing migratory birds and how you can help them.  Download the activities here:

Baltimore Oriole

Northern Parula

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Pine Grosbeak

This female Pine Grosbeak from Boileau, QC, has been released back to her flock and her mate!

She was admitted in late January after suffering trauma from colliding with a window. A couple in Boileau, QC, noticed the injured female under one of their windows. She was unable to fly, and her mate stood beside her the entire time. After one month in the care of Le Nichoir’s biologists, the long-awaited day of her return home finally arrived!

Pine Gosbeak Bird

Call for Applications to the Board of Directors

Le Nichoir Rehabilitation Centre is now accepting applications to its Board of Directors. Located in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, Le Nichoir is a reputable non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wild bird species and environmental education for over 25 years (www.lenichoir.org). As a prospective Board member, your expertise and contributions in the following areas will be considered invaluable assets:

  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Law

Are you a team player, community-oriented and committed to environmental conservation? To learn more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please send your letter of interest to communication@nichoir.org so that further information on Board responsibilities and expectations may be provided.

Le Nichoir’s Board of Directors is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within its community. Members of all groups, men or women, including racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, are encouraged to apply.

 

News from Le Nichoir, March 2021

Sisters Marnie and Amy Clarke donated 40 acres of their 19th century Hudson farm to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 1991. The gifted land was to become the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve “for the benefit of residents of Hudson who appreciate and enjoy woods and fields, birds and wildlife in general.”

Meanwhile, a small group had formed to care for injured and orphaned birds in the area. Word of their good works spread, and demand grew to the point that the part-time conservationists decided to formalize and expand their activities. This is how Le Nichoir began operations 25 years ago in an old barn on the retained portion of the Clarke property. Incidentally, the annual rental fee for the barn was $1 plus two bottles of “good scotch whisky”!

What followed is a remarkable story of extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, strongly supported by their community.

Today, Le Nichoir is recognized as the largest centre of its kind for songbirds in Canada. The main building houses a clinic with x-ray capabilities, a bird nursery, a bird-food kitchen, a classroom, and a reception area incorporating La Plume Verte boutique. Outside and around the building are individual aviaries for insectivores, songbirds, waterfowl and woodpeckers, all set in natural landscaping that even includes a vegetable garden to grow food for the birds.

It’s a history worth celebrating, so stay tuned! We will retrace the steps of our history throughout this year’s newsletters, beginning with this one and continuing with those that follow. We hope you enjoy the trail!

Celebrating 25 years of commitment to Canada’s wild birds

To mark this special anniversary, Le Nichoir will offer a plethora of online activities throughout 2021.   Our biologists have planned a series of online seminars on a variety of topics. We hope you’ll join us to learn about local birds, their fascinating lives, their conservation, and our shared environment.  

We will kick off the series with two sessions dedicated to birds during their breeding:  

Bird Couples (French) – Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021, 7 p.m.: Explore the complex world of birds’ private affairs. This presentation is given in French with a bilingual question period. Register to save your spot (required). 

Chicks and Nestlings (English) – Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, 7 p.m.: Learn about what bird parents do to raise their clutch, from choosing the right territory to raising successful juveniles. This presentation will be given in English with a bilingual question period. Register to save your spot (required).

Although there are no set fees to purchase a ticket for the seminar, donations of any amount are encouraged.  The funds collected during these events will go to support the centre’s programs.

Check out our upcoming events on our website and Facebook page