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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.





Upcoming Events
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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 next 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!
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

NC's Returning Migrant Birds Program
Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center, Wilmington (six doors down from WB&G Wilmington)
Join Coastal Plain Conservation Group for a program on our region's returning migrant birds. Learn about the significant treks that many bird species undergo during their return trip to our state, and what challenges they face along the way. Find out how you can help CPCG collect important information on these returning birds.  

​​Prepare for Spring Nesting Program
Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center, Wilmington (six doors down from WB&G Wilmington)
Join us for a FREE program to learn what you can do to prepare for the best chance of nesting success right in your yard. Learn about the nesting habitat preferences and needs of our most common springtime nesting birds, and how you can set out the welcome mat for feathered friends. Join us for a fun morning of thinking SPRING!

Bluebird Workshop
Saturday, March 7 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center, Wilmington (six doors down from WB&G Wilmington)
Join us for a free program on the Eastern Bluebird. Learn all about one of our area’s most vibrant songbirds, their habitat and food preferences, and how to attract them to your yard. Nesting season is right around the corner! 
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 take place at our Southport store on the third Friday of each month from 9:00-11:00 am. Upcoming workshop dates are:

Feb. 20 | Mar. 20 | Apr. 17 | May 15
WINTER 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




















New Spring Semester Birding Class!
March 12 - June 18, 2015


























Class is $75 per person. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Participants will need to provide own binoculars and transportation. Stop by either store or give us a call at (910) 343-6001 to register soon! 
NEW! 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. Each month will have a different theme:

February 15Nesting Owls
March 15Nesting Bluebirds
April 19Baby Birds
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 for more info or to register. ​
Suet: Superfood for Birds







Do you have suet feeders up in your yard? Suet is a convenient, high-energy food source for wild birds all year round. Offering suet cakes increases the number and types of birds that you'll see, and its high-fat content can be crucial to wild birds' survival in winter. Come on in and choose from our wide variety of suet cakes today!  

Having taken an introductory birding class, are you ready to venture farther from the nest and learn more? Our Spring Semester Birding Class will be just the thing you are looking for! Join Wild Bird & Garden’s guides and instructors David Weesner and Jill Peleuses for a fun class that will take your birding skills to the next level: we will focus on birding by ear and birding by GISS (General Impression of Size and Shape), as well as good ol’ bird identification by sight. Join us to see lots of great birds at regional birding hotspots and learn about birds' behaviors and habitat preferences and needs. You’ll be a birding pro in no time! For more details CLICK HERE.
Class Schedule

CLASS ONE: Thurs, March 12 | 6-8 p.m.
Opening lecture/class at Wild Bird & Garden Wilmington location.

CLASS TWO: Fri, March 13 | 8-10 a.m.
Field Excursion to Greenfield Lake

CLASS THREE: Thurs, April 23 | 7-9 a.m.
Field Excursion to the Green Swamp

CLASS FOUR: Thurs, May 7 | 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Nocturnal Excursion: Owling in Brunswick Co.

CLASS FIVE: Thurs, June 18 | 8-10 a.m.
Field Excursion to Sunset Beach and Twin Lakes
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.

March 8 (Sun) | 8:00 – 11:30 am | Masonboro Island
April 26 (Sun)  | 8:00 – 11:30 am |Town Creek 
May 17 (Sun)  | 8:00 – 11:30 am |Moores Creek