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Le Nichoir begins next phase in Wild Bird Conservation Project


PHOTO BY FRANK HICKS

(Left to right): Susan Wylie, Executive Director of Le Nichoir; Nathalie Zinger, Regional Vice-President Nature Conservancy of Canada; Marie-Claude Nichols – Liberal MNA for Vaudreuil; and Jean Lalonde, Prefect of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC, break the ground for the new Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve at Le Nichoir in Hudson.

It’s been two years since Hudson’s Le Nichoir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre unveiled its plan to build a multipurpose main building beginning with a multi-unit aviary. In 2014, they introduced phase two of the plan by announcing a new environmental education program for children. Last Friday, August 14, Le Nichoir held a groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of the commencement of the third and final phase, which involves starting construction on the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve.

“The reserve is located just adjacent to us, so we are neighbours with it,” said Susan Wylie, Executive Director of Le Nichoir. “It's 40 acres of conservation land. So essentially we are located on two acres and there is over 40 acres that is touching our property owned by nature conservancy named the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve. A couple of years ago, the property was given to Hudson and we have a 99-years renewable lease.”

Staff members and elected officials gathered together as they planted their shovels to officially break the ground where the new building will stand in 2016. The ceremony was held in the presence of Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, Vaudreuil-Soulanges NDP MP Jamie Nicholls, Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC Prefect Jean Lalonde, Hudson Mayor Ed Prévost Mayor, Vaudreuil-Soulanges CLD General Manager Julien Turcotte, Nature Conservancy of Canada Regional Vice-President Nathalie Zinger, and Le Nichoir cofounder Lynn Miller, as well as representatives from partner organizations and individual supporters of Le Nichoir.

The new building will house the rescued wildlife throughout all seasons, as opposed to having to relocate the birds during the harsh Canadian winters. The building will allow Le Nichoir to continue its mission of rehabilitating birds in the region and remain open to the public for emergency response services. The new building will also house a multifunction classroom facility for children to be able to experience an on-site environmental educational program. It will also provide an intern program to students of wildlife biology and environmental studies.

The design and construction of the building are equally as important as the purpose for the building, as Le Nichoir ensures not only the safety of the structure for the birds but the quality of the design. The architectural plan was created by Studio MMA in Montreal whose goal is similar to those of the wildlife rehabilitation centre as they have created an environmentally responsible architecture. The construction managers at eSpace Construction Inc. also promise a sustainable construction project, in order to handle the four-season requirements.

Le Nichoir is happy to report that the original barn rehabilitation centre that has been standing since 1837 will continue to be used as a storage unit rather than being removed from the property. Wylie said it has been a part of Le Nichoir's history, and will stand as a testament to its history.

To learn more about Le Nichoir, visit http://lenichoir.org/

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