Le Ni­choir opens lear­ning centre class­room

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A fi­nal piece of the puzzle was put in­to place last week for Le Ni­choir’s new $980,000 fa­ci­li­ty when the wild bird con­ser­va­tion centre inau­gu­ra­ted a lear­ning centre and class­room that’s de­di­ca­ted to en­vi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion.

Le Ni­choir of­fi­cials and —ENVIRONMENT mem­bers of the TD Friends of the Environment Foun­da­tion (TD FEF), were joi­ned by stu­dents from Mu­rielle-Du­mont Ele­men­ta­ry School in Pier­re­fonds on Jan. 19 when the TD class­room was of­fi­cial­ly ope­ned.

The move was the last part of a to­tal $1.2 mil­lion three-phase pro­ject that Le Ni­choir em­bar­ked when it set out to re­place the cen­tu­ries old barn it had been ope­ra­ting out of for close to 20 years. In ad­di­tion to the con­ser­va­tion centre, the pro­ject in­clu­ded the buil­ding of a mul­ti­cham­ber bird avia­ry be­hind the centre, as well as the crea­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the edu­ca­tio­nal pro­gram­ming that will be pre­sen­ted in the class­room. In ad­di­tion to the class­room, the sta­teof-the-art 560 square metre con­ser­va­tion centre al­so fea­tures a bird cli­nic and nur­se­ry, a wet room for aqua­tic birds, and a spe­cial­ly de­si­gned kit­chen where foods like cri­ckets, blue­ber­ries and worms are pre­pa­red.

The buil­ding was ope­ned to the pu­blic on Nov. 4, 2016.

THE CLASS­ROOM

Ac­cor­ding to Le Ni­choir of­fi­cials, the class­room is the re­sult of a long-stan­ding col­la­bo­ra­tion bet­ween the or­ga­ni­za­tion and TD FEF. They cre­dit the foun­da­tion with a si­gni­fi­cant in­crease in their bird care and edu­ca­tion pro­gram over the last 5 years “The TD class­room pro­vides chil­dren with a unique edu­ca­tio­nal ex­pe­rience that will cer­tain­ly peak their in­ter­est in wild birds, to both un­ders­tand the birds and take ac­tion to pro­mote their sur­vi­val,” Pa­trick Sum, Dis­trict Vice Pre­sident, TD Ca­na­da Trust said.

The room has an ai­ry woo­den cei­ling, floor-to-cei­ling win­dows and views of ad­ja­cent bird care rooms that will al­low par­ti­ci­pants to dis­co­ver the birds of Que­bec in a unique way.

Wen­dy Dol­lin­ger, Le Ni­choir Vi­ce­pre­sident, said the centre cur­rent­ly has three edu­ca­tio­nal pro­grams ai­med at pro­mo­ting awa­re­ness and un­ders­tan­ding of Que­bec’s wild birds and the threats they face. They plan to ex­pand the pro­gra­ming in the co­ming years. Schools in­ter­es­ted in par­ti­ci­pa­ting in one of Ni­choir’s pro­grams can contact Le Ni­choir di­rect­ly. Le Ni­choir, si­tua­ted off Main Rd. in Hud­son, ad­mits over 1,600 wild birds from more than100 spe­cies each year. Staff say the birds come from in ex­cess of 150 Que­bec towns. The centre is re­co­gni­zed as the lar­gest song­bird fa­ci­li­ty of its kind in Ca­na­da. Le Ni­choir was star­ted in 1994 by Lynn Miller, PhD, Lise Syl­vestre, De­nise Pa­quette and Ja­nette Fauque.

— KRISTINA EDSON

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