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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 $2 admission discount voucher for this month's walk. 

Upcoming Events
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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 and always available for special order! 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 Swarovski, Nikon, Eagle Optics and Vortex! 

Spring 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 spring migrants, backyard birds, shorebirds and resident songbirds during nesting season.  You’ll soon be hooked on this fun life-long hobby!

Feb. 8 Spring Nesting Season and Bird Identification Program (OLLI Classroom) with Jill Peleuses, owner, Wild Bird & Garden 
Feb. 9 Oakdale Cemetery with Jill Peleuses and Dave Weesner, Wild Bird & Garden staff and birding expert 
March 8 New Hanover County Arboretum and Oleander Memorial Cemetery with Jill Peleuses and Dave Weesner, Wild Bird & Garden staff and birding expert 
April 12 Wrightsville Beach with Jill Peleuses and N.C. Audubon bird steward 
May 10 Ev-Henwood with Jill Peleuses and Gretchen Schramm, Cape Fear Audubon Society
For more information, visit the OLLI website.
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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! 

Upcoming Programs and Events

Wintering Birds of the Carolinas
SOUTHPORT:  Thursday, February 4 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM
                           Dry Street Pub & Pizza (next door to WB&G)
WILMINGTON: Saturday, February 6 | 9:15 - 10:30 AM
                           Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center
Join Wild Bird & Garden for a free program on the great variety of birds that can be found in Southeastern North Carolina during the winter, with special emphasis on those species that are not found here in other seasons. Breakfast selections will be available during the Southport program!

Birding History and Field Techniques
Saturday, February 13 | 9:15 - 10:30 AM
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center
Join Wild Bird & Garden and biologist Ben Watkins for a free program on the history of birding and the techniques used by birders to locate and identify various species of birds in the field. Learn all about the origins of birding, and pick up a few tips that will be sure to come in handy during your next big birding adventure. 

Flight Photography: Capture the Beauty of Birds in Flight
Saturday, February 20 | 9:15-10:30 AM
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center
Noted ornithologist and photographer Dr. James Parnell presents a special program on flight photography. Come out and enjoy some of the stunning photographs that Dr. Parnell has taken over the years, and pick up some tips on how to capture your own dynamic images of birds in flight! 
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. These are federally-licensed non-profit organizations that 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
(Raptors only; Located in Rocky Point, Serving Cape Fear region)
Store Hours


Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 6:00
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00

Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 4:00
Sunday: Closed
Birding/Field Bags
by Pajaro

Spring Semester Birding Class
February 11 - May 12
NEW Field Trips for 2016!

For schedule and trip info, CLICK HERE. Price is $75 per person. This popular class fills quickly, so register soon!​
Huntington Beach State Park & Brookgreen Gardens Birding Adventure
Wednesday February 24 - Thursday February 25

When You Want the Best Views: Swarovski Optik

Looking for the very highest quality in optics? You're looking for Swarovski! Whether you're in the market for Swarovski binoculars, spotting scopes, or digiscoping and optics accessories, Wild Bird & Garden can special order absolutely anything you like from the Swarovski Optik line. Stop in or give us a call for unparalleled optics for your next birding adventure!
Join Wild Bird & Garden’s Jill Peleuses and Dave Weesner for a special birding trip to Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens! Located just south of Myrtle Beach SC, these birding destinations offer an incredible variety of wildlife habitats and birding opportunities. We can’t wait to visit!
Cost for the trip is $200 per person ($50 add’l for single occupancy) and includes admission to both parks and hotel lodging in nearby Surfside Beach. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to/from the parks (we strongly recommend carpooling!). Pre-registration is required by February 12 and space is limited Call or visit soon to reserve your spot!.

Find Something Special at 
Wild Bird & Garden

Annual Bird Islands Cruise: Tickets on Sale Now!

Now through February 14:

Save 20% Off
(even a tiny red accent will do!)

What a sweetheart of a deal!

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Share Your Pictures!

We love to see your nature pictures. Share them with us on our Facebook page and we'll highlight them here!
At Wild Bird & Garden, we offer an exciting variety of goodies for birds, the yard, the garden, and you. Bird houses, baths, and feeders; art for the garden and home; beautiful jewelry and luxurious lotions; binoculars and spotting scopes; unique, nature-inspired gifts; the freshest bird seed in town; and expert advice on all of your bird-related questions...we have something special for everyone! Come and see us in Wilmington and Southport soon!
Looking for a handy way to carry all of your birding essentials when we're out in the field? We think we've found an excellent solution: the Pajaro Field Bag!
These attractive and sturdy bags feature lots of pockets and plenty of room for your binoculars, field guides, notebooks, maps, pens, and more. Pajaro calls these bags " the best friend of Birders, Hikers, Naturalists and Travelers" and you'll agree once you give them a try. Come in and check out our selection!

Adults: $40
Kids 12 and under: $25
See what we're up to on Instagram!
Many thanks to Pete Strawbridge for this fantastic Tufted Titmouse!
Coming Soon: Native Plant Sales!

We're proud to partner with some great local growers to bring you a full schedule of native plant sales this year! CLICK HERE for dates, times, and locations.
Tickets for the Cape Fear Garden Club's Annual Bird Islands Cruise on May 14 are now available at Wild Bird & Garden. This popular cruise sells out every single year, so grab your tickets quickly! (Cash/check only please.)

Birding Kayak Tours

Ready for adventure? Join Wild Bird & Garden and Mahanaim Adventures for some great birding out on our local waters. Tours are $45 per person, and include all kayak equipment and guide services. Single and tandem boats are available for all tours. These trips fill up quickly and reservations are required, so call or stop in either store location to reserve today!
Our Upcoming Local Tour Schedule:

April 24 | 8:30 – 12:00 | Eagle Island
June 5 | 8:30 – 12:00 | Fort Fisher Basin 
Sept 21 | 9:00 – 12:00 | Moore's Creek
Oct. 16 | 8:30 – 11:30 | Holly Shelter Creek