Native Plant Pre-Sale!

We're working with Going Native Gardens to offer a special pre-sale of two fantastic native plants for your garden. These varieties are sure to add a pollinator-friendly pop of color and excitement to your home habitat! 

Scarlet Rose Mallow (top)
Hibiscus coccineus

Tall perennial stalks             Height: 4 - 8 feet
Giant red flowers           Full sun/partial sun
Summer/Autumn bloom
More info about this plant available HERE.

Blue Star (bottom)
Amsonia tabernaemontana
 
Small perennial shrub        Height: 2 - 3 feet
Profuse blue flowers          Full sun/partial sun
Spring blooms
More info about this plant available HERE.

Plants are $10 each and quantities are limited. We'll be taking orders until September 15 or while supplies last. Pick-up will be in October, the growers will make contact with more a specific pick-up schedule as the time nears. These will probably sell out quickly, so stop in or give us a call soon if you're interested!
Photo: Pete Strawbridge
Feeder Frenzy!

We're hearing from more and more customers that their bird feeders have been busier than usual lately. This is probably the result of a few different factors: nesting season 2019 was a successful one, and this is the time of year when we'd expect to see lots of young birds visiting feeders both with and (increasingly) without their parents. In addition, we are in the very early days of fall migration and some birds will be feeding heavily to prepare for upcoming journeys. You also may catch a glimpse of early migration arrivals at your feeders. Finally, we suspect that the loss of trees, vegetation, and habitat sustained not only during Hurricane Florence but also in association with our growing region is creating an increased reliance on feeders as a food source. 

Bottom line: keep an eye on your feeders, as they may need refills more frequently than you'd normally expect for this time of year. 

And if you want to feed the birds in your yard the best seed in town, stop in and see us. Whether you're looking for single seed varieties, special blends, squirrel-deterrent, or shell-free options, we'll help you find the right option for your particular visitors and situation. And no matter which variety you choose,  our seed is fresh and free of preservatives and fillers. It really does make a big difference!
Fall Semester Birding Class
Sept 26 - Nov 10
(Just a few spots left!)

Registration for our Fall Semester Birding Class is now open! Expand your identification skills, learn a bit about the science behind the study of birds, and see an exciting variety of birds in action during their annual fall migration. Space is limited! Cost is $75 per person and includes all class sessions.  CLICK HERE  for more details.
Fall Semester Native Plants Class
Sept 5 - Nov 14
(One spot left!)

Curious about the benefits and uses of native plants and how to incorporate them into your home habitat? Join us for a special set of classes that will introduce you to our region's native plants and teach the basics of how to create a hardy and beneficial landscape right in your yard. Space is limited! Cost is $75 per person and includes all class sessions.  CLICK HERE  for more class details.
OLLI Fall Birding Class
The Birds of Southeastern North Carolina: Fall and Winter Migratory Species

Located along the "Atlantic Flyway", Southeastern North Carolina is a haven for many different bird species. Join Wild Bird and Garden's Jill Peleuses for a series of bird walks to discover the birds of our region. During this class we will focus on birds and their habitats. We will adventure to the coast, fresh water lake, marsh, and woodlands to discover a variety of species in their natural environments. Throughout this class students observe and learn how to identify fall migrants, backyard birds, shorebirds, and resident songbirds. 

September 16 | 8 - 10 a.m. | Class: Fall and Winter Birds of SE NC
September 17 | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Airlie Gardens
October 15 | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Fort Fisher Area
November 19 | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Greenfield Lake

This class is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW. Registration opens on August 20 and 21. Please visit the OLLI website to learn more and to register.

Birding Kayaking Excursions

Join Wild Bird and Garden and 
Mahanaim Adventures  for some great fall birding out on our local waters. Excursions are $55 per person and include all kayak equipment and guide services. Single and tandem boats are available for all excursions, and all skill levels are welcome. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, visit the Mahanaim Adventures website  or call: (910) 547-8252.

Our Fall Excursions:
Friday September 13: Full Moon Owl Prowl Tour (5 - 9)
Tuesday October 1: Masonboro Island Tour (8:30 - 12)

Lake Mattamuskeet & Outer Banks Birding Weekend
Fri Nov 22 - Sun Nov 24

Join us for our 6th annual weekend of birding at Lake Mattamuskeet and the Outer Banks. We'll be visiting some of the region's most exceptional birding hot spots and habitats, which should yield an impressive variety of birds sighted. You can find more details about our plans  HERE.

Cost for the trip includes beachfront hotel on Nags Head and is $335 (Ocean View) or $315 (Sound View). Prices are per person, double occupancy. Pre-registration is required by  Nov 1 and space is limited. Call or stop in soon to register for this fun annual event! 
Fall Native Plant Sales

Coming soon! Wonderful local growers Joyce and Mindy from Going Native Gardens will be back with a series of Native Plant Sales at our stores this fall. Mark your calendars for your chance to pick up some locally-grown plants that will provide natural food and habitat for our area's birds, butterflies, and other pollinators!
 
Our Fall Plant Sale Dates:
Southport: (Thursdays) Sept 5 & Oct 3 | 10 - 12:30
Wilmington: (Saturdays) Sept 7, Sept 14, Oct 5, & Oct 19 | 10 - 12:30

Upcoming Events


Wrightsville Beach Bird Steward Bird Walk
Last walk of the season! Monday, August 26 | 9AM 
Meet at Gazebo at WB Public Access #43
Join Audubon NC Wrightsville Beach Bird Stewards for a bird walk to view the nesting colony of Black Skimmers, Common Terns and American Oystercatchers. Stewards will have spotting scopes and visual aids to share the challenges beach nesting birds face when incubating eggs and raising chicks on the hot sand and busy beach. The walk is free; parking is limited and requires a fee. Consider carpooling with friends!

Airlie Gardens Bird Walk
Wednesday, September 11 | 8:00 - 9:30
Meet in Airlie's Main Parking Lot
Join Jill Peleuses and Airlie Gardens Environmental educators for a relaxed bird walk at scenic Airlie Gardens. Airlie offers a wide range of super birding habitats, and we always see an interesting variety of birds. Regular Airlie admission applies, or stop by Wild Bird & Garden to pick up a $2 admission discount voucher for this month's walk.

Southport Bird Walk
Wednesday, September 18 | 8:30 - 9:30
Meet at Wild Bird & Garden Southport, 105 E Brown Street
Join Wild Bird & Garden staff for a relaxed birding stroll around Southport's historic downtown and waterfront areas. This walk is free and open to all!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read our newsletter. We hope that you're enjoying these last lazy "dog days" of summer as much as we are. Some of us are using this relaxing time to prepare for the nonstop thrill of Fall Migration. It's the perfect time to clean up the binoculars and study field guides! If you're in need of some updated optics or guides for the excitement to come, stop in and see us!

Happy Birding!
  Jill and the  Wild Bird & Garden Team


20%  SUMMER SAVINGS!  20%

Present this coupon for 20% OFF ANY IN-STOCK ITEM in our stores. Feel free to forward this coupon to your family and friends!

Offer Expires 09/01/2019. Special orders, optics, and classes/trips excluded.
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