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Hello Friends!

This week we have a new native plant sale for you, as well as a new special, and some other fun odds and ends. We have a number of walks coming up, as well as some really great new items in the shop, scroll down for photos.

Please keep in mind that we offer curbside pickup. If you prefer not to go into the store in person, just give us a call and order on the phone. We will bring it out to your car for you! No contact, safe, and helpful!

Thank you for joining us in this space!

Happy birding!

Migration is getting underway! Reports of some shorebirds and early warblers are starting to come in. This year, in the Wilmington and southeast NC area, we are getting a special window into how and when migrating birds are coming through the area. Local and state agencies and clubs, such as the Cape Fear Audubon Society, Audubon North Carolina, National Estuarine Research Reserve, Bald Head Island Conservancy, and UNCW, have worked together to install specialized towers along the coast to detect migrating birds. These are Motus towers, part of the Motus wildlife tracking network, and they detect birds wearing little backpacks (upper left) which emit a radio frequency. When one of these birds passes by one of these towers along their migration, the tower logs that information to a webpage for the tower. All of this information is available to the public! Look here to see who has flown past the Lea Island tower lately! Isn't that something?


Native Plant Sale

Our wonderful friends from Going Native Gardens are back! We will be having the second native plant presale of the spring this week from today, Wednesday 8/31 through Friday 9/2. Come by or call us (910-343-6001) to place your order. Then, on Saturday 9/3, stop by the shop to pick up your plants!

Also on Saturday, from 10:00 -1:30, Going Native will be holding a popup plant sale with even more plants on offer, including Rattlesnake Master, Butterfly Weed, Great Blue Lobelia, Black-eyed Susan, and Beauty Berry. See you then!

Native Plant Presale Plants

Eastern Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

This beautiful native plant is well known for its nodding red and yellow flowers which are very attractive to pollinators. Seeds are consumed by finches and buntings, too!

Height: 2 feet

Soil: well-drained

Sun: Partial shade

Bloom time: Spring

3 quart pots $10

Purple Cone Flower

Echinacea purpurea

A gorgeous plant beloved of pollinators

Height: 2-4'

Soil: poor or lean soil

Sun: full-sun for at least 6 hours, will also enjoy an afternoon shade

Blooms: July-September

3 quart pots $10


Green Headed Cone Flower

Rudbeckia laciniata

Attracts birds and has a special value to honeybees!

Height: 3-6 feet

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Likes moist areas even though it is drought tolerant

Blooms: Late summer through fall

Approximately 3 quart pot, $10 each

Spotted Bee Balm

Monarda punctata

Interesting and beautiful plant attracts lots of pollinators!

Height: 2 feet

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Medium to dry

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Blooms July-September

2 1/2 quart pots $10

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

3 quart pots $14

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias Incarnata

This lovely milkweed has a sweet fragrance and is deer resistant. It is also called “rose milkweed” and is a supporter of monarch butterflies!

Height: 4 feet

Soil: moist to average

Sun: full sun to part shade

Bloom time: June to August

3 quart pots $10


Now through September 15th, get 20% off in-stock T-shirts!

Upcoming Classes & Walks

We have planned three great programs at local birding hotspots for the fall. Registration for each program is $55 per person.

Stay tuned to this space because we are working on some other programs and classes for the fall and winter!

Birding at Lake Waccamaw

September 15 | 8:30-11:30 am

Join local expert and friend of the bird store Wayne Hoffman and store owner Jill Peleuses on a birding trip to Lake Waccamaw. Lake Waccamaw is the largest of North Carolina’s mysterious “Carolina Bay” lakes, with the typical oval shape and sandy southern ridge.  The State Park is along the southeastern shore, and contains a diversity of bird habitats, including pine flatwoods, swampy hardwood forest, and oak-pine sand ridges. We hope to find a variety of land birds, including Bobwhite Quail, woodpeckers, and some early Fall migrants. This is also a good area for observing native reptiles and amphibians, including Alligators and several species of turtles and lizards.

Birding at Fort Fisher

October 27th | 8:30-11:30

Join Wayne and Jill on a birding trip to Fort Fisher. Fort Fisher is an excellent location for a wide variety of land and water birds. The coastal shrubby thicket, live oak trees, marshes, beach, and dunes provide habitat for some of our local favorites as well as exciting migrants. Notable sightings in the area during past Octobers have included bitterns, plovers, flycatchers, and migrating warblers, among others.

Birding at Greenfield Lake 

November 10 | 8:30-11:30 am

Join Wayne and Jill on a birding trip to local hotspot, Greenfield Lake. Greenfield Lake Park covers 190 acres of lush public gardens surrounding a man-made lake.  The 5-miles of walking trails pass through a diversity of bird habitats where we will be likely to see a variety of waterfowl, waders, woodpeckers, and raptors. This is also a great area for observing native reptiles and amphibians, including Alligators, turtles, snakes, and lizards.

New Stuff!

We have some excellent merchandise in the store right now! Super cute new bird baths, adorable garden tchotchkes, Sweet bird cottages, and wallets and keychains with awesome bird designs all over them! Come in and check  it out! 



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