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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.





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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! 

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

Hummingbird Program
Thursday, June 4 | 9:00 - 10:00 
Dry Street Pub and Pizza (101 E Brown Street, Southport)
Join us for a free program on hummingbirds. Come and learn all about these unique birds that we are so fortunate to have in our area, and pick up some tips on how to attract them to your feeders. Bring your hummingbird-related questions! Breakfast options will be available, so invite a few friends to join you for a fun morning in Southport!

Plantpalooza!
Saturday, June 6 | 10:00 - 4:00
Wild Bird & Garden Wilmington location
Get ready for a fun plant sale extravaganza! We'll have a great selection of native plants and heirloom vegetables for sale, a variety of free micro-workshops, and some of our favorite local growers will be on hand to answer your questions. More details coming soon!

Birds of Prey Program with Special Guests: Live Birds!
Friday, June 12 | 9:00 - 10:00
Wild Bird & Garden Southport Location (105 E Brown Street, Southport)
Join us for a free program on the birds of prey that can be found in our area, the risks they face, and how we can help them thrive and stay safe. Learn about the great work that the Cape Fear Raptor Center is doing for these birds! During the program, you'll meet some amazing birds of prey from the center. This is a unique opportunity to see these powerful birds up close!
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)
STORE 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!
Native Plant Sales!







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
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!   
Do you enjoy chatting about birds?
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!
Spring Semester Birding Class
Our spring birding class is full, but stay tuned: we're gearing up for another class in the fall!

For Spring Semester Birding Class schedule and field trip locations
CLICK HERE.
Duane Truscott of My Garden Plants Company will be joining us for more special native plant sales! Did you know that choosing native plants is one of the best ways to provide natural habitat and food for our area’s birds and butterflies? Stop by and pick out some plants that will help wildlife thrive in your garden oasis! 
WILMINGTON LOCATION:
Sat. June 20 | 2:00 - 4:00
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! 
Coming in June! Southport Paint -n- Pour
Friday, June 19 | 4:00 - 6:00










Plantpalooza!
Saturday, June 6 | 10:00 - 4:00
Wild Bird & Garden Wilmington Store






Get ready for a fun plant sale extravaganza! We'll have a great selection of native plants and heirloom vegetables for sale, a variety of free micro-workshops, and some of our favorite local growers will be on hand to answer your questions. More details coming soon!

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!


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 visit us soon!

Full Schedule
(with example artwork)
coming soon! 

SOUTHPORT LOCATION:
Fri. June 12 | 10:00 - 12:00