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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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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, Zeiss, Nikon, Eagle Optics and Vortex! 

Fall Birding Class at OLLI
The Birds of Southeastern North Carolina & 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 fall migrants, backyard birds, shorebirds and resident songbirds. You’ll soon be hooked on this fun life-long hobby!

​Sept 12 Fall Migration and Bird Identification Program (OLLI Classroom)
With Jill Peleuses, owner Wild Bird & Garden 
Sept 13 Fort Fisher Historic Site
With Jill Peleuses and Dave Weesner, Wild Bird & Garden staff and birding expert 
Oct 10 Airlie Gardens Evening Bird Walk (Owls/Nocturnal/Roosting Birds)
With Jill Peleuses and Jennifer O'Keefe, Airlie Environmental Educator
Nov 8 Greenfield Lake Bird Walk
With Jill Peleuses, owner Wild Bird & Garden 

For more information, visit the OLLI website.
L. Parsons
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

Monarchs and Milkweed Program & Native Plant Sales
Sat August 27 | 9:15 - 10:30 | Plant Sale 10 - 12:30 & 2 - 4
Temptations Everyday Gourmet & WBG Sidewalk, Hanover Center
Join us for a FREE program on the relationship between Monarch butterflies and milkweed. Learn how you can support these dazzling butterflies during their migration. After the program, be sure to pick up some milkweed for your garden at our special native plant sales!

Fall Migration Program & Native Plant Sales
SOUTHPORT: Thurs, Sept 8 | 9:00 - 10:00 | Plant Sale 10 - 12:30
Wild Bird & Garden Store 105 E Brown Street, Southport
WILMINGTON: Sat Sept 10 | 9:15 - 10:30 | Plant Sale 1 - 4
Fall is the exciting time of year when LOTS of migrants fly through the area as they make their way to their wintering grounds. Learn how birds migrate and which ones you may see using your yard as a rest stop during their journeys. Be sure to check out our Native Plant Sale and pick up some goodies for your garden!

All About Bees! & Native Plant Sale
Sat September 24 | 9:15 - 10:30 (Program) 10:00 - 12:30 (Plant Sale)
Temptations Everyday Gourmet & WBG Sidewalk, Hanover Center
Bee City USA presents a free program all about bees. Learn how to support these important pollinators in your own yard, how to set up a beehive, and much more. Local beekeepers will be on hand with honey for sale and answers to your questions, and we’ll have a native plant sale with lots of plants for your bee-friendly garden!

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

Fall Semester Birding Class
September 15 - November 17, 2016

Our popular Fall Semester Birding Class schedule of classes is up and ready for reservations! CLICK HERE for more information, and give us a call ASAP to reserve your spot.
Class is $75 per person and space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Special Native Plant Pre-Sale:
Seashore Mallow

Bird-Friendly Coffee
Now Available!

All Internet Sales Final.
Share Your Pictures!

We love to see your nature pictures. Share them with us on our Facebook page and we'll highlight them here!
We're taking pre-orders for Seashore Mallow plants being grown locally for us by Slatestone Gardens. Seashore Mallow is a beautiful salt-tolerant native that attracts a variety of birds, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators to its colorful blooms.

Plants are $8 each. Pick-up dates are: Thurs 9/8 at our Southport store and Sat 9/17 at our Wilmington store. Very limited quantities are available; call or come in to reserve yours ASAP! (910) 343-6001   

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!

See what we're up to on Instagram!
Our thanks to Tommy & Lynda Barham for this fantastic Eastern Kingbird!
Join Us for Native Plant Sales!

We're proud to partner with some great local growers to bring you a full schedule of native plant sales! CLICK HERE for dates, times, and locations.
Now in stock: Birds & Beans whole bean and ground coffee!

Birds & Beans uses only the finest organic, shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee and is certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Not only is the coffee grown in a bird-friendly manner, but Birds & Beans donates more than 10% of their profits to a variety of bird and nature organizations. Stop in and pick some up today!
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:

Sept 21 | 9:00 – 12:00 | Moore's Creek
Oct. 16 | 8:30 – 11:30 | Holly Shelter Creek 
New! Fall Semester Native Plants Class
September 1 - November 3, 2016

Curious about native plants and how to incorporate them into your backyard habitat? Join Wild Bird & Garden’s Jill Peleuses and local entomologist, owner of Doghobble Native Plants, and Star-News contributor Sam Marshall for a special set of classes that will introduce you to our region’s native plants and teach the basics of how to create a hardy and wildlife-friendly native landscape right in your yard.‪‬
Class is $65 per person and space is limited. For more details on class schedule and topics, CLICK HERE.

Join Wild Bird & Garden’s Jill Peleuses and Dave Weesner for special birding day trips! We’ll be visiting fantastic birding destinations that offer a nice diversity of wildlife habitats and bird species sighting opportunities. Make plans to spend a fun day (or two!) finding a super variety of birds with us! 
Cost for each trip is $45 per person. Participants will need to provide their own lunch and transportation (we will help arrange carpooling). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call or visit Wild Bird & Garden in Wilmington (910) 343 6001 or Southport (910) 457 9453 for more details and to register.

SUPER STUDENT SPECIAL: Enroll in both classes for $125
(a $15 savings!)
Let's Go Birding!
Special Fall Birding Day Trips

Sunset Beach Birding Adventure
Wednesday August 31

Huntington Beach State Park Birding Adventure
Thursday September 22

In Our Stores: Plucky the Lucky Pelican
A Special Book Benefiting Great Causes!

A collaboration between a local writer and illustrator, Plucky the Lucky Pelican tells the incredible true story of a local pelican’s journey from rescue to rehabilitation and release.
 All book sale proceeds benefit Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter and Audubon North Carolina!