Bird Protection Quebec participated yesterday in the annual Open House event at Le Nichoir, the bird rehabilitation facility in Hudson, Quebec. It was a beautiful day with a great turn-out. The highlight of the day for many was the visit to the new aviary installed recently at Le Nichoir. There were tours throughout the day of Le Nichoir's facilities as well as numerous kiosks from a number of different groups and organizations including Nature Conservancy Canada and BPQ.
Chris Cloutier conducted a number of bird walks on the grounds of Le Nichoir providing many visitors a chance to see some of the bird life in the area, including the most popular birds of the day, several Indigo Buntings.
The BPQ booth was a popular spot throughout the day with many of the visitors stopping by to learn more about our organization. We distributed many BPQ pamphlets and answered numerous questions about our activities, our field trips and our conservation efforts. A number of people provided us with their names and e-mail addresses. Each will be receiving a sample copy of our Song Sparrow newsletter, plus some additional information about BPQ. We hope to attract some new members as a result of our efforts. We were also able to sell a couple of copies of our BPQ history books as well as collect a number of donations from appreciative supporters.
I would like to thank Jean Demers, Clemence Soulard, Wayne Grubert and Mary Ellen Graham for volunteering to spend their day with me behind the BPQ table to promote BPQ. Your effort and assistance were greatly appreciated. - Sheldon Harvey