Le Nichoir opens learning centre classroom
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.
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