Hello Friends!

We hope you have all been enjoying the warm weather! Spring is really here it seems. The calls of our favorite nesting species are ringing from every tree and shrub. Courtship and nesting behaviors are ramping up, and we are getting ready for babies! There are plenty of houses, feeders, baths, and worms at the shop, ready for you and your favorite yard birds. Please, keep us abreast of your sweet nesting birds! We love to hear your news and we love to see your pictures too!

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NATIVE PLANT PRE SALE!
We're not fooling, is time for another native plant sale with our favorite ladies at Going Native Gardens! Order your plants starting Thursday 4/1 through Saturday 4/3. Sunday we are closed at both locations for the Easter holiday. Pickup is on Monday 4/5 in Wilmington and Wednesday 4/7 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. Sizes and Prices are listed below.
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
A plant beloved by many species of wildlife! A cluster of white flowers blooms through Summer. Juicy berries for birds in late Summer.

Height: 5-12 feet
Sun: light sun
Soil: moist to wet

$12 for 3-quart pots
Cardinal Flower
(Lobelia cardinalis)
An important source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Blooms July-September. Great for rain gardens!

Height: 4 feet
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: wet to moist

$7 for 4-inch pots
River-Oats
(Chasmanthium latifolium)
A beautiful grass that forms long, flat spikelets. Blooms Summer to Fall.

Height: 2-3 feet
Sun: sun to shade
Soil: moist to average

$12 for 3-quart pots
Beauty berry
(Callicarpa americana)
May birds love to eat the berries in the Fall and Winter.

Height: can grow up to 9 feet tall, and 9 feet wide in favorable conditions
Sun: part shade and sun
Soil: moist to dry

$14 for approx. 1-gallon pots
Upcoming Classes
Would you like to expand your knowledge of native plants and birds?

We have THREE great classes coming up! Native plants starts next week (!), and Coastal Avian Ecology, and a Spring Hummingbird Workshop are scheduled for May. Each class will consist of online lectures and in some cases, in-person field trips -- where masks will be required.

The spring native plants class will be one lecture and two field trips, the avian ecology lecture series will be three online lectures and one field trip, and the hummingbird workshop will consist of three online classes. All classes are $65 per person. Space is limited! Visit our website for more details!
Spring Native Plants Class: April 8, 11, and 18
Learn about great native plants for gardens in our area for spring, summer, fall, and even winter! Join local native plant expert Patrick Bradshaw and up your skills and knowledge in species identification and propagation of native plants. We all know the high value of native plants for birds and other wildlife but being able to spot a native plant in the wild or being able to grow them at home in your own garden are great skills to nurture.  
Summer Lecture Series: May 11, 18, 25, and 30th
Living at the coast comes with so many benefits: the weather, the natural beauty, and of course, the wildlife. Here we offer a deep dive into coastal systems that influence the lives of some of our favorite bird species. Join Wild Bird & Garden’s newest instructor, ornithologist, Marae Lindquist for a fun and fascinating series of classes that will teach you about coastal ecology focusing on some of our favorite species and landscapes. This is a unique class that we hope will deepen your appreciation of the amazing birds along the coast.
Spring Hummingbird Workshop
May 12, 19, and 26
We are very fortunate to be able to offer a class taught by NC Hummingbird expert, Susan Campbell. Susan has been conducting hummingbird research across the state since 1999. She is a licensed hummingbird bander and lead hummingbird researcher in North Carolina. She has banded over 4000 hummingbirds around NC and thus has valuable insight into the distribution, movements and ecology of North Carolina’s smallest bird species. Her class will cover hummingbird anatomy, physiology, ecology, identification, and feeding tips. This class will be absolutely amazing! (ncaves.com)
Nesting Season!
Right now your yard might have birds that are arriving on their breeding grounds here, stopping by your feeders on their way to more northern areas, or still hanging out in their wintering spots before migrating away! There is quite a mix at this time of year, which means we need to be prepared for anything! early nesters, migratory birds, and those getting ready to migrate are all in need of food and water. But nesters will need high protein snacks and a cute house to move in to as well. Come in and see us for a range of stately Fancy Houses to adorable blue bungalows, to classic style cedar houses, plus all the mounting hardware and poles, baffles, and worm feeders you could ever ask for!