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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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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! 

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
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

Breakfast with the Birds (Wilmington Water Tours)
Sunday, August 9 | 9:00 - 11:30 am
Take a morning cruise with local Birding Experts on board to help you identify the various species we'll see. You will love the variety of wildlife and native plants that adorn the river banks...don't forget your camera & binoculars! A continental breakfast is included. Tickets are $33 each; contact Wilmington Water Tours directly for more info or to purchase tickets!

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!

Photo Contest

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
(Raptors only; Located in Rocky Point, Serving Cape Fear region)

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!
The Southport Chirp


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

Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday: CLOSED
Hummingbirds: They're Here!

Hummingbirds are here, and it's time to hang the feeders up! Our knowledgeable staff is ready to answer all of your questions about setting up a hummingbird-friendly yard. Offering helpful tips, a wide range of feeders, easy-to-use nectar mixes, and other specialized feeder accessories, Wild Bird & Garden is the Cape Fear region's Hummingbird Headquarters!   
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, 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.

Watch this space: more adventures coming soon!
Fall Semester Birding Class
September 10 - November 19, 2015

Have you taken an introductory birding class or spent some time birding on your own around our region? Are you ready to venture farther from the nest and learn more? This class and set of field trips 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 during one of the most exciting birding times of the year: Fall Migration! 

Class is $75 per person. We expect the spots for this class to go quickly, so stop in or give a call to register soon: (910) 343-6001!

For Fall Semester Birding Class schedule, pricing, and field trip locations CLICK HERE.
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, August 21 | 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!
Find Something Special at
Wild Bird & Garden

When You Want the Best Views: Swarovski Optik

Looking for the very highest standards in optics, design, functionality, and quality? 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 help. We 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!
Huntington Beach State Park Birding Adventure
September 2, 2015

Join Wild Bird & Garden for a special birding day trip to Huntington Beach State Park! Located just south of Myrtle Beach SC, the park offers an incredible variety of wildlife habitat and is considered to be among the best birding spots in SC. We can't wait for this trip! For more details or to register, stop in or give us a call at (910) 343-6001!
​Only $45 per person!
Space is limited and registration is required; give us a call soon!
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 soon! 
The next Chirp:
August 28!