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Le Nichoir schedules open house in celebration of its new building


PHOTO COURTESY LE NICHOIR

Le Nichoir Executive Director Susan Wylie (left) and President Lindsay D’Aoust are excited to welcome visitors to learn about the latest structural addition to the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre in Hudson Saturday, July 30.

Le Nichoir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre has been planning and working on a new conservatory project for the last few years and are now proud to announce the construction of their new building. The first phase of the project, the new songbird aviary, has been up and running for the past two years along with the second phase of creating education programs.

Now, the final phase of the project, the new bird sanctuary building, will become a much easier and healthier way for the public to be able to have an interactive experience with not only the birds, but also the workers of Le Nichoir.

"We put a lot of thought into the architectural design of the building", said Lindsay D’Aoust, President of Le Nichoir. "We wanted to make sure it would be a safe environment for the birds but also keep the interactive experience for our visitors."

Behind the receptionist desk, there will be a hallway where visitors can look through a window to watch kitchen volunteers building bird food-balls. A second window right next door will showcase birds who are in the nursery unit. Those vulnerable birds in care will be protected by a one-way window, sound-proof walls, and natural light beaming in from the multiple windows in the room.

The building will also feature new rooms including an inside wet room for aquatic birds during the winter, an isolation area for birds with a contagious illnesses, an x-ray room, a 'quiet' room for birds such as wood ducks who are sensitive to sound, and most importantly, a classroom. Le Nichoir will be offering new programs starting in the fall that teach children the importance of conservation of wildlife, and also allow the classroom to be an interactive experience by leading them to the outdoors of the 50-acre grounds by walking through the trails as part of their education.

Le Nichoir will be having an open house at 637 Main, Hudson on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Le Nichoir's 20th anniversary with them, as cake will also be served. The organization will also be doing a tasting of their new bird-safe coffee they will be selling in association with the Smithsonian's conservation biology institute. The new building is scheduled to be completely finished and open to the public September, 2016.

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