Hello Friends!

Summer sure is progressing along! There are nesting birds all over the place, and some conspicuously loud fledglings have been making an appearance at feeders here and there. It is a great time to stock up on meal worms and sunflower chips for hungry parents and fledglings learning their way! It is also a good idea to offer water near your feeders if you can. Every summer temperatures rise a little more which can be an added physical stressor on local wild birds as they need clean water to live, just like we do! Consider a bird bath for your yard, or a shallow dish, to offer fresh water to your feeder visitors!

Thank you to all the folks who have been sharing their bird photos with us! It is always worth mentioning that we love to hear your bird news too!

Thank you for joining us in this space!
Native Plant Presale
We have another wonderful native plant presale from our friends at Going Native Gardens! Order your plants starting Thursday 6/3 through Sunday 6/6. Pickup is on Monday 6/7 in Wilmington and Wednesday 6/9 in Southport.

Some of these plants are in limited supply, so make sure and call in your order ASAP! 910-343-6001 for Wilmington and 910-457-9453 for Southport. Keep in mind that Southport is not open on Sundays.
Sizes and Prices are listed below.
Sweet Pepper Bush (Clethra alnifolia)
Attracts native bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies

Height: 1.5-3 meters
Sun: Sun and shade
Soil: prefers moist to average soil
Blooms: June - July

$12 for approximately 3-quart pots
Buttonbush
(Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Attracts more than 24 species of bird, As well as many species of butterfly!

Height: 3-9 feet
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Likes moist, well drained soil
Sun: Full sun to part shade

$12 for approximately 3-quart pots
Red Yarrow
A naturalized plant species to North America, red yarrow is a cultivar of white yarrow.

Height: 2-4 feet
Sun: full sun or partial shade
Soil: dry to medium soil

$8 for approximately 6-inch pots
Black-eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia fulgida)
Goldfinches love the fruits of the mature flower!

Height: 2-4 feet
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Medium to dry
Blooms: Summer

$8 for approximately 6-inch pots
Fancy Things

We have a great stock of Fancy Houses (Made in NC!) and gorgeous bird baths at the Wilmington and Southport locations! The right fancy house, feeder, or bird bath can really make any yard look fantastic. Not to mention they are functional and useful for our feathered friends! Come in and see us!

Thanks to Stephen Henne for this bluebird on bird bath photo!
Upcoming Classes & Bird Walks
Walks in the works!

We are currently getting plans in order for some fall and winter classes and day trips! So, watch this space and our website for some great programs to come!
Wrightsville Beach

If you are in the area, it is worth visiting the colony at the south end of Wrightsville Beach! The Wrightsville Beach Bird Stewards are absolutely amazing! They will happily discuss the breeding biology of the birds in the colony, the species nesting there, and point them out to you! Right now there are American Oystercatchers, Gull-billed Terns, Common Terns, Least Terns, and Black Skimmers all nesting on the beach there. It is really a wonderful thing to see!
Shop Talk
We are still looking to hire someone!

Have you ever considered joining the Wild Bird and Garden family? If you are (or if someone you know is) looking for some part-time work, we would love for you to join us in the Southport store!

We need someone who can work independently on Mondays in Southport. This person should be warm and welcoming and be able to lift 40-50 pounds. We we happily teach you all the bird information, so don't worry if you are new to birds. Please email us at the Bird Store if you are interested!