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At Wild Bird & Garden, we strive to provide quality bird and nature products and to provide environmental education to Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas.  Through employee knowledge and store sponsored nature programs, we can give you advice on how to make your backyard a bird-friendly oasis!
Airlie Gardens Bird Walks
Join us the second Wednesday of each month for a Bird Walk at Airlie Gardens. Airlie Gardens has wonderful bird habitat including marsh, fresh water ponds, wooded habitat and open lawns. Regular Airlie admission applies, or stop by Wild Bird & Garden to pick up a FREE admission pass for this month's Bird Walk. For more information give us a call at 910 343 6001.





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Website Updated and Maintained by Wild Bird & Garden (wildbirdgardeninc@gmail.com)
Have friends in faraway places?  Don't forget we have an online store!  Click "Shop WB+G!" above to shop online.
New Binoculars in Stock! A quality pair of binoculars is the perfect accessory for our upcoming bird walks and kayak tours, giving bright, crisp views of those birds you came out to see.  Stop by to check out our new selection of binoculars from Nikon, Eagle Optics and Vortex! 

Birding Class at OLLI

The Birds of Southeastern North Carolina Spring Nesting Season with Wild Bird & Garden's Jill Peleuses
Located along the “Atlantic Flyway”, Southeastern NC is a haven for many different bird species. Join us to discover the birds living in and moving through our region, and birdwatch in some of our area’s great birding hotspots. Throughout this class students observe and learn how to identify nesting birds, backyard birds, shorebirds and resident songbirds during nesting season. You’ll soon be hooked on this fun life-long hobby! The class will consist of four sessions/trips, all 8 - 10 am:

February 9 Spring Nesting Season & Bird Identification Program OLLI Classroom
With Jill Peleuses Owner, Wild Bird & Garden
February 10 Airlie Gardens Bird Walk 
With Jill Peleuses & Jennifer O’Keefe, Environmental Education Airlie Gardens
March 10 Poplar Grove Plantation
With Jill Peleuses & Carson Wood, Coastal Plain Conservation Group Biologist
April 14 Southport 
With Jill Peleuses & Dave Weesner Wild Bird & Garden Staff & birding expert
May 12 Wrightsville Beach Shorebird Bird Walk
With Jill Peleuses & Lindsay Addison, NC Audubon Coastal Biologist 

For more information or to register, visit the OLLI website.
G. Schramm
L. Parsons
Kayak Birding Tours 

Southport Bird Walks
Join us the third Wednesday of each month 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for a bird walk around Southport’s beautiful historic district and waterfront. We will meet at our Southport store and set out for a relaxed stroll around the area. Downtown Southport offers a nice variety of bird-friendly habitats within a few blocks! The walk is free and open to all – we hope to see you there! For more info, call our Southport store at  910 457-9453.


Upcoming Programs and Events

Nesting Season 101
Thursday, April 16 | 9:30 - 10:30 am
Dry Street Pub & Pizza, 101 E Brown Street (next door to WB&G Southport)
​Join us for a free program on the basics of Nesting Season. Learn all about the preferred nesting habitat for some of our area's most popular songbirds, how to encourage nesting in your yard, and how you can help promote a successful nesting season. Breakfast options will be available!

Nesting Birds Program & Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 18 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center, Wilmington
Springtime is nesting time! Join the Coastal Plain Conservation Group for a free program about the birds that are nesting around our region. Learn about the various birds that are nesting now, the different types of nests that they build, and their preferred nesting habitats. Come back from 2:00 - 4:00 for a Native Plant Sale in front of our store!

Painted Bunting Talk & Walk and Native Plant Sale
Thursday, May 7 | 9:30 - 11:30 am
Dry Street Pub & Pizza (101 E Brown Street, Southport)/WB&G Porch
Join us for a free program on the beautiful Painted Bunting. Learn about our area's most colorful bird, and then take a relaxed walk to find some Painted Buntings in downtown Southport. Breakfast options will be available during the talk, and we’ll be having a special plant sale on the porch during and after the walk from 10:00 - 12:30!

Hummingbird Program and Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 9 | 9:15 - 10:30 (program) 10:00 - 12:30 (plant sale)
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center, Wilmington
Join us for a free program on hummingbirds. Come and learn all about these unique birds that we are so fortunate to have in our area. After the program stop by our special Mother’s Day Plant Sale in front of our Wilmington location, where you will find a wide variety of native and flowering plants favored by hummingbirds and mothers alike!

Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 9 | 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Wild Bird & Garden Southport Location (105 E. Brown St. Southport)
Just in time for Mother's Day, Duane Truscott of My Garden Plants Company will be holding a native and flowering plant sale out on the porch! Stop by to pick up some locally-grown native plants that will encourage birds, butterflies, and bees to visit your garden! 

Painted Bunting Program and Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 16 | 9:15 - 10:30 (program) 2:00 - 4:00 (plant sale)
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center, Wilmington
Join us for a free program on the beautiful Painted Bunting. Learn all about our area's most colorful bird, and how you can attract them to your yard. Later, come back from 2:00 - 4:00 for a Native Plant Sale with Duane Truscott in front of our Wilmington location! 


Photo Contest
Winners





We have the winners for our 5th Annual Nature Photo Contest! We received so many amazing entries, and want to thank everyone who entered for sharing their talent with us. The 2015 contest will be here before you know it, so get out there with those cameras!







Click HERE for a look at our winning entries, which will all appear in an upcoming issue of Cape Fear's Going Green magazine!
Are you looking for an interesting bird-related program for your neighborhood, nature, or garden club? Wild Bird & Garden can help! Stop in or give us a call at (910) 343-6001 for free programs and availability.
Found An Injured Bird?
If you encounter a wild bird in need of help, contact one of these great local rescue/ rehab groups. They are both federally-licensed non-profit organizations and save hundreds of local and migrating birds each year. Click on the links to their websites below to find out how you can contact or help these fine organizations! 

Skywatch Bird Rescue
 (910) 274-8479
(Located in Castle Hayne, Serving Cape Fear region)

Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter 
(910) 278-7871
(Located in Oak Island, Serving Cape Fear region)

Cape Fear Raptor Center
 910-602-6633
(Raptors only; Located in Rocky Point, Serving Cape Fear region)
Southport Fairy Garden Workshops








Artist Kathleen McLeod will lead a series of workshops where we will create our own unique fairy gardens! You supply the container (no larger than 12 inches square), and other components including gravel, soil, landscape cloth, moss, lichen, artificial plants, sticks, colored sand, handmade fairy buildings, handmade toadstools, fairy bridges, rocks, and stones will be supplied. Kathleen will also have additional components for sale. 

Workshops will be at our Southport store on the third Friday of each month (except March!) from 9:00-11:00 am. Upcoming dates are:

Mar. 31 | Apr. 17 | May 15
STORE HOURS




Lake Mattamuskeet/Outer Banks Birding Adventure




We had such a great time on this trip, and saw so many birds! Look for a link to pictures taken by members of our group soon. Should we go again next year? YES!
Sunday Studio Series in Southport

















Native Plant Sales!










The Southport Chirp



​WILMINGTON STORE:

Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 6:00
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00
​SOUTHPORT STORE:

Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday: CLOSED
On the third Sunday of each month at our Southport store, artist Kathleen McLeod will lead a series of classes where we will paint plain wooden birdhouses, transforming them to decorative masterpieces that will be perfect for years of outdoor use. Upcoming dates:

April 19 | May 17 | June 21 | July19
Sessions will be held from 12-2. Each class is $15 per person and participants will receive 10% off any bird house from the store to use for their project. We'll have coffee and pastries too, so invite your friends for an afternoon of fun and creativity in beautiful historic Southport!

Registration required and class sizes are limited, so stop in either of our stores or give us a call in Southport at 457-9453 to reserve a spot!
Invite your friends for a morning of creativity and whimsy in historic Southport! Workshops are $35 per person, space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Call (910) 457-9453 to register. ​
Get Ready for Hummingbirds!







Hummingbirds are on the move, and our Spring and Summer residents will start to arrive any day now. It's time to hang the feeders up! 
 Our knowledgeable staff is ready to answer all of your questions about setting up a hummingbird-friendly yard. Offering helpful tips, a wide range of feeders, easy-to-use nectar mixes, and other specialized feeder accessories, Wild Bird & Garden is the Cape Fear region's Hummingbird Headquarters!   
SOUTHPORT LOCATION:
Thu. 5/7 | 10:00 - 12:30
Sat. 5/9 | 2:30 - 4:30
Do you enjoy chatting about birds? Join us at our Southport location from 9 - 10 a.m. on the 4th Friday of each month for The Southport Chirp. Bring your questions, interesting bird sightings, and stories to share with other local bird lovers. Spend a little time meeting with other people who enjoy birds just as much as you do!  
Ready for adventure? Join Wild Bird & Garden and guide company Mahanaim Adventures for kayaking and bird watching trips on our local waters. Excursions are $45 per person, and include all kayak equipment and guide services. Single and tandem boats are available. Space is limited and registration is required. For registration or more info visit one of our stores or call (910) 343-6001.

April 26 (Sun)  | 8:00 – 11:30 am |Town Creek 
May 17 (Sun)  | 8:00 – 11:30 am |Moores Creek 
We will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday, April 5th.
Spring Semester Birding Class
Our spring birding class is full, but stay tuned: we're gearing up for another class in the fall!

For Spring Semester Birding Class schedule and field trip locations
CLICK HERE.
Choosing native plants is one of the best ways to provide natural habitat and food for our area’s birds and butterflies. Stop by and pick out some plants that will help birds and butterflies thrive in your garden oasis! 
WILMINGTON LOCATION:
Sat. 4/18 | 2:00 - 4:00
Sat. 4/25 | 10:00 - 12:30
Sat. 5/9 | 10:00 - 12:30
Sat. 5/16 | 2:00 - 4:00