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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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New Nature Art Exhibit
Wild Bird & Garden presents a new Nature Art Exhibit featuring the work of local artist Chuck Carmack! The exhibit is on display November through January at Wild Bird & Garden. His award winning nature photographs include amazing bird scenes and much more.  In addition to nature photographs, Chuck's carved wood artwork, "WoodArt," is also on display and features pieces such as Noah's Ark and a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker, plus others. Be sure to stop by and see these delightful works of art! They are all for sale here at Wild Bird & Garden
and make wonderful gifts or additions to your home.
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 2014. 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 We'd love to hear from you!
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Classes!

The Birds of Southeastern North Carolina & Nesting Season
Located along the “Atlantic Flyway”, Southeastern NC is a haven for many different bird species. Join us to discover the birds of our region and birdwatch in some of our area’s great birding hotspots. Throughout this class students observe and learn how to identify spring nesting birds, backyard birds, shorebirds and resident songbirds. You’ll soon be hooked on this fun life-long hobby!

Four Sessions 8-10 a.m.:
February 10 Bird Nesting & Bird Identification Program OLLI Classroom
With Jill Peleuses Owner, Wild Bird & Garden
February 11 Airlie Gardens Bird Walk & Songbird Migration
With Jill Peleuses & Matt Collogan, Environmental Educator Airlie Gardens
March 11 Brunswick Town & Orton Pond
With Jill Peleuses 
April 8 Poplar Grove Plantation-Abbey Foy Nature Trail
With Jill Peleuses & Carson Wood, Coastal Plain Conservation Group
May 13 Wrightsville Beach Shorebird Nesting Habitat
With Jill Peleuses & Lindsay Addison, NC Audubon Coastal Biologist 

For more information or to sign up, please visit the OLLI website or give them a call at (910) 962 3195.
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New Kayak Birding Tours for Spring and Summer 2014!

Are you ready for some adventure? Join Wild Bird & Garden along with guide company Mahanaim Adventures for a morning of kayaking and bird watching on our local waters. These tours are great for kayakers of all skill levels and fill up quickly! Excursions are $45 per person, and include all kayak equipment and guide services. Reservations required, so stop in or call us at (910) 343-6001 to reserve a spot today!

April 13 (Sun): Masonboro Island 8:00-11:30 am
April 27 (Sun): Town Creek/Rice Creek 8:00-11:30 am
May 21 (Wed): Fort Fisher Basin 4:00-7:30 pm
June 11 (Wed): Masonboro Sunset Kayak 4:00-dusk
June 22 (Sun): Fort Fisher Basin Early Morning Summer Solstice Adventure 6:00-                          9:30am 
June 25 (Wed): Holly Shelter Creek 8:00-11:30 am
July 13 (Sun): Smith Creek 8:00-11:30 am
We Have Hummingbird Goodies Galore!
Hummingbirds are already on the move for their Spring migration, and they are starting to arrive in our area! 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.
Brunswick Waterfest and our Birding Big Day were both a lot of fun and a great success!  Many thanks and congratulations to our amazing birders and birding teams who zigged and zagged all over Brunswick County in search of Big Day glory. The winning team including Carson, James and John came in with 83 species!  We'd also like to thank local artist Sandra Siemering for creating these one-of-a-kind prize plaques for our participants...stunning!

Hummingbirds Are Arriving!

Check out Cape Fear Critters a new local show about our region's wildlife! The first episode is all about birds with Environmental Educator Matt Collogan and guest Jill Peleuses from Wild Bird & Garden.  Learn all about the birds of Airlie Gardens! 

Join Wild Bird & Garden and Mahanaim Adventures for our annual CHARLESTON BIRDING/KAYAKING WEEKEND ADVENTURE!
Friday, October 10 - Sunday October 12, 2014

Join us for a weekend of birding, kayaking, and touring around the Charleston, SC area! Click here for all of the details, including itinerary and pricing for this unforgettable experience. We will be in the area just in time for Fall Migration, so this is one trip you won't want to miss. Spots for this trip go quickly, so reserve yours today!
Upcoming Programs and Events

Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at Temptations Everyday Gourmet, just six doors down the sidewalk from Wild Bird & Garden.

Hummingbird Program & Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Program: 9:15 - 10:30 am  | Plant Sale: 10:00 - 1:00
Hummingbirds - they're dazzling, they're tiny, and they're tough! Join James Abbott and Carson Wood of the Coastal Plain Conservation Group for a free program on hummingbirds. Come and learn all about these unique birds that we are so fortunate to have in our area!

After the program, be sure to check out the sidewalk in front of our store - Alistair Glen of Growing Wild Nursery will be here with a great selection of native plants for sale. A native landscape/habitat is the key to attracting and sustaining local wildlife such as birds and butterflies!

Nesting Birds Program
With James Abbott & Carson Wood from Coastal Plain Conservation Group
Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
​Springtime is nesting time! Join Carson Wood  and James Abbott of the Coastal Plain Conservation Group for a free program about the birds that are nesting around our region. Learn about the various birds that are nesting now, the different types of nests that they build, and their preferred nesting habitats. Find out how to encourage birds to nest in your yard!

Birds of The Cape Fear River Program
with Carson Wood & James Abbott from Coastal Plain Conservation Group
Saturday May 3, 2014 9:15 - 10:30 am 
Cape Fear River Watch members will meet for the this 1st Saturday Seminar to learn about the bird species that utilize the Cape Fear River. This program is free & open to the public. Come out and learn how our river provides such an important habitat for many different species.

Painted Bunting Program
with Carson Wood & James Abbott from Coastal Plain Conservation Group
Saturday May 10, 2014 9:15 - 10:30 am 
Learn about our area's most colorful bird during this free program presented by James Abbott and Carson Wood of the Coastal Plain Conservation Group. Learn all about the Painted Bunting and how you can attract these vibrant birds to your yard!

Birding and Paddling with Wild Bird & Garden and Cape Fear River Watch
Saturday May 17, 2014 (time details coming soon)
Location: Cape Fear River Lock and Dam No. 1
Join Wild Bird & Garden and Cape Fear River Watch for some paddling and birding around the Lock and Dam No. 1 area of the Cape Fear River. This part of the river offers an abundant variety of birds and wildlife, and it's one of the best local spots to see a Swallow-tailed Kite or two! This is a special event for Cape Fear River Watch members, so become a member today so you can join us for this great adventure as well as all of the other programs and paddles that CFRW offers throughout the year! 
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! Click here for more info at the Audubon NC website.
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Wild Bird & Garden's own Jill Peleuses was recently featured in articles and news reports about this year's Snowy Owl invasion. Check them out!

The Wilmington Star-News
The Jacksonville Daily News
The Kinston Free Press
Time Warner Cable News-14
Salt Magazine

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. We're already looking forward to the 2014 contest, so get out there with those cameras!

We are receiving more and more reports that Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are starting to show up at feeders around town. Even though this happens in our area every single year, it still seems like an exciting and newsworthy event!

Now is definitely the time to get those feeders filled and out hanging where the hummingbirds can find them. If you haven't spotted one of these dazzlers in your yard yet, don't fear: the ones that we're seeing now are the early birds (how could we resist a pun like that?!), and they will arrive in greater numbers in the coming weeks. Make sure your yard is ready!
Thanks to all who participated in the Coastal Plain Conservation Group's Tri-County Spring Bird Count! You helped the CPCG collect valuable data about spring migration in our area...and hopefully had some fun while you were at it!