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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. Stop by Wild Bird & Garden to pick up FREE admission passes for this month's Bird Walk. Regular admission is $8 or free for Airlie members. 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! 

We are working on our new schedule of programs for the rest of the year. Please let us know if you have a program idea that you would like to see us do. Give us a call at 910 343 6001 or email us at wildbirdgardeninc@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!
Fall Birding Class at OLLI!

The Birds of Southeastern North Carolina and Fall Migration 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 migrating birds, backyard birds, shorebirds and resident songbirds. You’ll soon be hooked on this fun life-long hobby!

The class will consist of four sessions/field trips, all 8 - 10 a.m.
Monday September 8: Classroom Preparation
Tuesday September 9: Airlie Gardens
Tuesday October 14: Fort Fisher Basin
Tuesday November 11: Greenfield Lake


Registration is now open for this popular class! Deadline for registration is Sept 4, 2014. For more information or to sign up, visit the OLLI website HERE.
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L. Parsons
Kayak Birding Tours for Summer and Fall 2014
Are you ready for some adventure? Join Wild Bird & Garden along with guide company Mahanaim Adventures for a morning of kayaking and bird watching on our local waters. These tours are great for kayakers of all skill levels and fill up quickly! Excursions are $45 per person, and include all kayak equipment and guide services. Reservations required, so stop in or call us at (910) 343-6001 to reserve a spot today!
            
            Sunday, October 19 Holly Shelter 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

For more info on trips and rescheduling/cancellation policies, please visit the Mahanaim Adventures website.
We Have Hummingbird Goodies Galore!
Hummingbirds are gearing up for migration! Stop in to see us for the best selection of hummingbird feeders and supplies, and the friendliest advice on how you can attract these beautiful acrobats to your yard.
Brunswick Waterfest and our Birding Big Day were both a lot of fun and a great success!  Many thanks and congratulations to our amazing birders and birding teams who zigged and zagged all over Brunswick County in search of Big Day glory. The winning team including Carson, James and John came in with 83 species!  We'd also like to thank local artist Sandra Siemering for creating these one-of-a-kind prize plaques for our participants...stunning!



Join Wild Bird & Garden and Mahanaim Adventures for our annual CHARLESTON BIRDING/KAYAKING WEEKEND ADVENTURE!
Friday, October 10 - Sunday October 12, 2014

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: REGISTRATION DUE BY SEPT 1!!







Join us for a weekend of birding, kayaking, and touring around the Charleston, SC area! Click here for all of the details, including itinerary and pricing for this unforgettable experience. We will be in the area just in time for Fall Migration, so this is one trip you won't want to miss. Spots for this trip go quickly, so reserve yours today!

Upcoming Programs and Events

Breakfast with the Birds Boat Tour
Date: Sunday, August 31 | 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Join Wilmington Water Tours and Wild Bird & Garden for a relaxed continental breakfast and narrated birding cruise along the Cape Fear River. Visit Wilmington Water Tours' website or call them at 910 338-3134 for more details and ticket info!

Passenger Pigeon Program
WILMINGTON Date: Monday, September 1 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wild Bird & Garden Wilmington Store
SOUTHPORT Date: Thursday, September 18 | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
September 1, 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, once North America's most abundant bird. Come to tis free program and learn the history of the passenger pigeon, the factors that contributed to their extinction, and what lessons we can learn from this species' fate.

Birds of Prey Program with the Cape Fear Raptor Center
Date: Saturday, September 6 | Program: 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
                                                    Live Birds: 10:45 - 12:00
Location: Temptations Everyday Gourmet (Program)
                 Wild Bird & Garden Wilmington Store Sidewalk (Live Birds)
Join us for a free program on the birds of prey that can be found in our area, the risks they face, and how we can help them thrive and stay safe. After the program, meet some amazing birds of prey from the Cape Fear Raptor Center. This is a unique opportunity to see these powerful birds up close, so bring your friends and your cameras!

Coastal Plain Conservation Group Program
Date: Saturday, September 13 | 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center
Join us to hear all about Coastal Plain Conservation Group's ongoing conservation research and projects with such uncommon species as the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Kite, and Ramshorn Snail, and find out how you can help!

Nature Photography Tips & Techniques with Chuck Carmack
WILMINGTON Date: Saturday, October 4 | 9:15-10:30 am
Location: Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center
SOUTHPORT Date: Thursday, October 16 | 9:30 - 10:30 am
Location: Dry St Pub & Pizza (Next door to WB&G Southport store)
Just in time for our upcoming Nature Photo Contest, Award-winning photographer Chuck Carmack will join us to share nature photography tips and techniques. After the FREE program, join us back at the store to meet Chuck, ask questions, and pick up some of his photography and notecards.

Owls Program
Date: Thursday, November 20 | 9:30 – 10:30 am
Location: Dry St Pub & Pizza (next door to WB&G Southport)
Owls: they’re mysterious, fascinating, and deadly predators. Join Wild Bird & Garden’s Dave Weesner for a free program on these captivating birds of prey. Learn about the owls that can be seen in our area, gain a better understanding of their habitat requirements, foraging and hunting techniques, nesting and mating behaviors, and much more!

Have a great idea for a program that you'd like to see at Wild Bird & Garden? Give us a call at (910) 343-6001 or (910) 457-9453, send a note to us at wildbirdgardeninc@gmail.com, or stop in one of our stores!
Make A Little Room for the Brown-Headed Nuthatch! 
As part of Audubon NC's Bird Friendly Communities initiative, we're selling nuthatch nest boxes. With your help, 10,000 new Nuthatch homes will be placed across NC by 2015. Stop in and pick up a nest box today and become a part of this exciting project! Click here for more info at the Audubon NC website.
Wild Bird & Garden is
IN THE NEWS!
Wild Bird & Garden's own Jill Peleuses was featured in articles and news reports about this year's Snowy Owl invasion. Check them out!
The Wilmington Star-News
The Jacksonville Daily News
The Kinston Free Press
Time Warner Cable News-14
Salt Magazine



Photo Contest Winners
We have our winners for our 4th Annual Nature Photo Contest! We received so many amazing entries, and want to thank everyone who entered for sharing their talent with us. We're already looking forward to the 2014 contest, so get out there with those cameras!







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!

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

Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter 
(910) 278-7871
(Located in Oak Island, Serving Cape Fear region)
Now Through September 21 in our Southport and Wilmington Stores!







 
New Sunday Studio Series in Southport!













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. Each month will have a different theme. Our upcoming dates and themes are:

September 21 Ibis and Southport
October 19 Warblers and Pumpkins
November 16 Goldfinches and Fall Leaves
December 21 Cardinals and Conifers
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!
Our 5th Annual Nature Photo Contest is right around the corner...more details coming soon!