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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 Bird Walk. For more information give us a call at 910 343 6001.

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, 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 a variety of fall migrants, backyard birds, shorebirds and resident songbirds. You’ll soon be hooked on this fun life-long hobby! The class will consist of four sessions/trips, all 8 - 10 am:

Sept 14 Fall Migration & Bird Identification Program OLLI Classroom
With Jill Peleuses Owner, Wild Bird & Garden
Sept 15 Airlie Gardens Bird Walk 
With Jill Peleuses & Jennifer O’Keefe, Environmental Education Airlie Gardens
​October 13 Carolina Beach State Park
With Jill Peleuses 
November 10 Greenfield Lake
With Jill Peleuses

For more information or to register, visit the OLLI website.
G. Schramm
L. Parsons
Native Plant Sales
Stop by and pick out some native plants that will encourage birds and butterflies to visit your garden oasis. Yes, there will be milkweed for the migrating Monarch butterflies!

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

Painted Bunting Program
Saturday, September 12 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, 3501 Oleander Dr (Hanover Center)
Special guest speaker Dr. Jamie Rotenberg will present a free program on Painted Buntings. Dr. Rotenberg is with the Painted Bunting Observer Team (PBOT) and will share the results of PBOT’s findings after nearly ten years of data collection and research. Learn all about our area’s most colorful birds, and the key habitat features that could attract them right to your yard!

Owl Program
Saturday, October 24 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Temptations Everyday Gourmet, 3501 Oleander Dr (Hanover Center)
Join us for a free program on these captivating birds of prey. Learn about the owls that can be seen in our area, how to identify them, and gain a better understanding of their habitat requirements, foraging and hunting techniques, nesting and mating behaviors, and much more!
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)


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

Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday: CLOSED
The Southport Chirp

Join us at our Southport location from 9 - 10 a.m. on the 4th Friday of the month for The Southport Chirp. Bring your questions, interesting bird sightings, photos, and stories to share with other local bird lovers. Spend a little time chatting with other people who enjoy birds just as much as you do! 

The next Southport Chirp:
September 25!

Fall Semester Birding Class
September 10 - November 19, 2015

Charleston Birding Kayaking Weekend Adventure
October 9 - 11, 2015

We're planning a great weekend of bird watching, kayaking, and touring some of the area's premier nature destinations, and we hope you'll come along for the fun! Price is $475 per person, registration is required, and space is very limited! CLICK HERE for more details and our full itinerary; call (910) 343-6001 to reserve your spot!
Join Wild Bird & Garden and Mahanaim Adventures for our third annual weekend adventure in Charleston, SC! 
Southport Paint -n- Pour
Friday, September 18 | 4:30 - 6:30

Uncork your creativity with Wild Bird & Garden! Artist Kathleen McLeod will lead a fun series of step-by-step art classes where you'll take home your own unique masterpiece! We provide paint, brushes, canvas, corkscrews, and cups; you bring your favorite beverage and a desire to have a great time!
No painting experience necessary. Class fee is $35 per person, space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Call (910) 457-9453 to reserve a spot!
Lake Mattamuskeet & Outer Banks Winter Birding Adventure
Friday December 4 - Sunday December 6, 2015

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!
Cape Lookout Birding Adventure
Thursday October 1, 2015

Join us for a special birding day trip to Cape Lookout Nat'l Seashore! Cape Lookout is the last uninhabited stretch of barrier islands in NC and an important resting spot for birds during fall migration. We expect to see an excellent diversity of birds including migrating hawks, songbirds, and shorebirds! For more details or to register, stop in or give us a call at (910) 343-6001.
​Only $60 per person!
Ferry fare included. Space is limited and registration is required; give us a call soon!
Join Wild Bird & Garden for a weekend of birding around some of our state’s best winter wildlife hotspots. Highlights include Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, Pea Island NWR, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Oregon Inlet, and oceanfront lodging. CLICK HERE for details and itinerary. Reservations required by Nov. 1, space is limited, reserve your spot today!
Little Free Library
Coming Soon!
We are working on a Little Free Library to be installed in the garden outside our Southport store, and we need YOUR help! Donate a book to help us stock our library, and we'll offer you a 10% discount off just about any regular-priced item in the store (optics excluded). Nature-themed books would be great, but we'll be happy with ANY donations of new or used books for our little library shelves. Thank you, friends!
Sat Sept 26 | 2 - 4
Huntington Beach State Park Birding Trip
Second Date Added! Friday, September 25

Due to popular demand, we will be guiding a second birding trip to Huntington Beach State Park on Sept 25. Price is $45 per person and pre-registration is required. Stop in or call us soon to reserve - space is limited and spots for this trip will probably go quickly! (910) 343-6001

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 during one of the most exciting birding times of the year: Fall Migration! 

For Fall Semester Birding Class schedule, pricing, and field trip locations CLICK HERE. Call us soon to register!
August 20 - September 20

Sat Sept 12 | 10 - 12
Sat Sept 19 | 10 - 12
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Sat Oct 3 | 10 - 12
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Sat Oct 10 | 10 - 12
Birding/Kayaking Tours

Ready for some adventure? Join Wild Bird & Garden and The Adventure Kayak Company for some great birding out on our local waters. These two-hour excursions are $50 per person, and include all kayak equipment and guide services. Have your own kayak and gear? Excursions are only $25 per person!

Click on each trip for more details: 
Sept 24 (Thursday) | 9:00 am 
Sheep’s Island

Oct 6 (Tuesday) | 2:30 pm Montgomery Slough

Nov 12 (Thursday) | 8:00 am Cottage Creek​

These trips will fill up quickly and reservations are required; give The Adventure Kayak Company a call for info or to reserve: 910-454-0607!