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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. Stop by Wild Bird & Garden to pick up FREE admission passes for this month's Bird Walk. Regular admission is $8 or free for Airlie members. For more information give us a call at 910 343 6001.






Upcoming Events
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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! 

We are working on our new schedule of programs for next year. Please let us know if you have a program idea that you would like to see us do. Give us a call at 910 343 6001 or email us at wildbirdgardeninc@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!
Birding Class at OLLI!

The Birds of Southeastern North Carolina and Nesting Birds 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. You’ll soon be hooked on this fun life-long hobby!

The class will consist of four sessions/field trips, all 8 - 10 a.m.
Registration will start in early January for our new spring semester! 
G. Schramm
L. Parsons
Kayak Birding Tours 
Ready for adventure? Join Wild Bird & Garden and guide company Mahanaim Adventures for kayaking and bird watching trips on our local waters. Watch for our new 2015 schedule, coming out soon! 


We Have Hummingbird Goodies Galore!
Hummingbird migration is underway, and we are seeing more and more of them overwintering in our region! We recommend that you keep at least one feeder up and full of fresh nectar during the colder months. Stop in to see us for the best selection of hummingbird feeders and supplies, and the friendliest advice on how you can attract these beautiful acrobats to your yard.


Upcoming Programs and Events

Wintering Birds of the Carolinas with Dr. James Parnell
Date: December 20, 2014 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Location: Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Hanover Center
Join noted ornithologist Dr. James Parnell as he discusses 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. 

Have a great idea for a program that you'd like to see at Wild Bird & Garden? Give us a call at (910) 343-6001 or (910) 457-9453, send a note to us at wildbirdgardeninc@gmail.com, or stop in one of our stores!
Make A Little Room for the Brown-Headed Nuthatch! 




As part of Audubon NC's Bird Friendly Communities initiative, we're selling nuthatch nest boxes. With your help, 10,000 new Nuthatch homes will be placed across NC by 2015. Stop in and pick up a nest box today and become a part of this exciting project!
Beautiful & Birdy Holiday Decor!
Stop in and check out our wide variety of fun, unique, and Fair Trade ornaments, stockings, and holiday accents for the home! 



Photo Contest Winners
We have our winners for our 4th Annual Nature Photo Contest! We received so many amazing entries, and want to thank everyone who entered for sharing their talent with us. The 2014 contest is underway, so get out there with those cameras!







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!

Skywatch Bird Rescue
 (910) 274-8479
(Located in Wilmington, Serving Cape Fear region)

Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter 
(910) 278-7871
(Located in Oak Island, Serving Cape Fear region)
New Sunday Studio Series in Southport!











On the third Sunday of each month at our Southport store, artist Kathleen McLeod will lead a series of classes where we will paint plain wooden birdhouses, transforming them to decorative masterpieces that will be perfect for years of outdoor use. Each month will have a different theme. Our upcoming dates and themes are:

December 21 Cardinals and Conifers
Sessions will be held from 12-2. Each class is $15 per person and participants will receive 10% off any bird house from the store to use for their project. We'll have coffee and pastries too, so invite your friends for an afternoon of fun and creativity in beautiful historic Southport!

Registration required and class sizes are limited, so stop in either of our stores or give us a call in Southport at 457-9453 to reserve a spot!
Our Annual Nature Photography Contest is Going on NOW Both Locations NOW accepting entries!
Photo Contest Details
Our photo contest is sponsored by Going Green Publications. Winners will get their photo published in Going Green Magazine! Check out their website here
Southport Store Only: NEW FALL HOURS
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 4:00
Closed Sunday
Wilmington store hours will remain unchanged.
Come out and check out our Southport Wild Bird & Garden located at the base of the blue water tower!
Lake Mattamuskeet/Outer Banks Birding Adventure
January 16-18, 2015






Join Wild Bird & Garden for a guided weekend of winter birding around Lake Mattamuskeet and the Outer Banks. We'll be visiting a variety of local birding hot spots and habitats, which should yield a great variety of birds. By trip's end, we expect to see 100-120 different species!

Cost for the trip includes beachfront hotel lodging on Nags Head and is $320 (Ocean View Room) or $300 (Sound View Room). Prices are per person, double occupancy. For more details CLICK HERE.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call or come by Wild Bird & Garden in Wilmington (910) 343 6001 or Southport (910) 457 9453 to register and pay for this amazing adventure!
Give the Gift of Nature!































Screech Owl/Kestrel Box Raffle
Stop in at Wild Bird & Garden for your chance to win this fantastic prize! We are raffling off a handcrafted Screech Owl/Kestrel Box with all proceeds going to our friends at Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter. The folks at Sea Biscuit rescue, rehabilitate, and shelter hundreds of injured wild birds each year, and this is our small way of saying THANKS for the amazing work they do. 

Tickets are $3 each, or $5 for three tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn on DECEMBER 20. You don't need to be present to win, but you DO need to stop in and buy some tickets for your chance to win a great prize for a great cause!

Unable to buy a ticket but still want to support Sea Biscuit? CLICK HERE to visit their website and donate!

Photos: Jeff Lewis



Nest Boxes for Nuthatches
The Brown-headed Nuthatch is losing habitat and needs our help to find a good home. We are very proud to partner with Audubon NC to assist! This holiday season, BUY ONE special Nuthatch nest box from Wild Bird & Garden and Audubon NC will DONATE ONE nest box for installation at a local park, school, etc. Your purchase will go twice as far to give these unique birds a cozy home for roosting in winter and nesting in spring and summer!

You can pick up a handcrafted-in-NC box at either store location for just $30, or you can order online and have one shipped for $50. What a great gift or addition to your yard, not to mention the wonderful hospitality you'll offer to a very special Southern bird!
Quantities are limited - stop in or order soon!
Our stores are starting to look festive for the holidays, and we're ready to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!
At Wild Bird & Garden, we offer an exciting variety of goodies for birds, the yard, the garden, and all of the nature lovers on your holiday shopping list. Bird houses, baths, and feeders; art for the garden and home; beautiful jewelry and luxurious lotions; binoculars and spotting scopes; unique, nature-inspired gifts; holiday decor and holiday bird food (we have seed wreaths!); 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!