Hello Friends!
Finally, spring is settling in for sure and we're hearing lots of reports of increased bird activity from many of you. Thank you for sharing the exciting news about the birds' courtship behavior and nesting that you're seeing, as well as returning hummingbird, osprey, and shorebird, etc. sightings in our area...keep 'em coming!

We have lots of fun and cheerful spring merchandise arriving in our stores on a daily basis. The season of making everything look spiffy is upon us! If you're looking for some fresh new accents and elements for your landscape and home, be sure to stop in soon. (Hint: you may want to check out the coupon at the end of this newsletter!)

Spring treats arriving daily!
Spring Native Plant Sales

We are excited to be teaming up with wonderful local growers Joyce and Mindy from Going Native Gardens to offer a full schedule of Native Plant Sales this Spring! Choose native plants to provide natural food and habitat for our area's birds and butterflies; stop by and pick out some locally-grown plants that will encourage a variety of beneficial wildlife to visit your garden oasis!

 Click here for the most current sale schedule , and check back often - we'll be adding more sales throughout the year!

Our next Native Plant Sales will be:
Saturday April 6 | 10 - 12:30 | Wilmington
Thursday April 191 | 10 - 12:30 | Southport
Southport Seminar Series

This spring, join us at our Southport location on the first Wednesday morning of each month for a special series of entertaining and educational programs on some of our most-requested seasonal topics.

Advance registration and $5 fee required for each seminar. All fee proceeds will benefit  Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter  and attendees will receive a $5 shopping voucher per seminar. Space is limited!  

Seminar topics and dates:

April 3 | 9 - 10 | Nesting Birds
May 1 | 9 - 10 | Hummingbirds
June 5 | 9 - 10 | Birds & Native Plants*
*There will be a special native plant sale after the June seminar!
Special Program with Leland Parks & Rec: Spring Nesting Birds
Begins March 28

Do you ever wonder what birds are nesting in your backyard? (FYI: these are Cardinal eggs.) We're joining with Leland Parks and Recreation to offer a special lecture and bird walk series focusing on the spring nesting birds that are in our region and probably in your yard. 

Lecture and walks will take place on Thursdays, March 28 - April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Resident Fee: $35; Non-Resident Fee: $45. The program begins this week, so act fast!

For more information or to register for the program, please visit:  Town of Leland Parks and Recreation website .
Birding Kayaking Excursions

Feeling adventurous? Join Wild Bird & Garden and   Mahanaim Adventures  for some memorable birding out on our local waters. Most 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. To register, call Mahanaim Adventures: (910) 547-8252 or reserve through their website.

Our 2019 Birding/Kayaking Schedule:

April 12 (Fri) Cape Fear Osprey Nest Tour (8:30 - 12)
April 30 (Tue) Town Creek Tour (8:30 - 12)
August 23 (Fri) Cape Fear Wading Birds Tour (8:30 - 12)
September 13 (Fri) Full Moon Owl Prowl Tour (5 - 9)
October 1 (Tue) Masonboro Island Tour (8:30 - 12)

We Have The Hottest Tickets In Town!

We are so pleased to work with the Cape Fear Garden Club to offer you tickets to the Club's premier Spring events. Stop in soon to pick up your tickets for this year's Azalea Garden Tour! We also have just a few tickets for the popular Bird Islands Cruise left - call or stop in ASAP for these.

Limited availability!
April 5 - 7
$35 each, valid for all three days (Cash or Check only please.)
A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Cape Fear Garden Club's grant program for beautification, conservation and education in New Hanover County.

Extremely limited availability!
Sunday, May 19
$50 each (Cash or Check only please.)
A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Audubon North Carolina.
Bluebird Bed & Breakfast Special: Final Days

Buy any bluebird house and receive 500 live mealworms FREE. Just in time for nesting season, live mealworms are one of the the best ways to bribe bluebirds to spend quality time in your yard. We still have a nice variety of house styles available at both locations! Special ends March 31.
Upcoming Events

Airlie Bird Walk
Wednesday, April 10 | 8:00 - 9:30 am
Meet in Airlie Gardens Main Parking Lot
Join us for a free guided bird walk through the varied and beautiful habitats at  Airlie Gardens. We'll expect to see a nice variety of our year-round resident birds, returning Ospreys, and probably quite a bit of nesting-related activity. Regular Airlie admission applies, or you can pick up a $2 discount voucher for the walk at Wild Bird & Garden.

Southport Bird Walk
Wednesday, April 17 | 8:30 - 9:30
Meet at Wild Bird & Garden Southport, 105 E Brown Street
Join Wild Bird & Garden staff for a birding stroll around Southport's historic downtown and waterfront areas. This walk is free and open to all!
As always, we thank you for reading. This sure is a busy time of year for birds, and a fun one for the people who love them! We hope you'll join us for a few of the special events, walks, and plant sales that we have planned...and remember - we are always here to help you with any bird or nesting questions and needs that may arise. Hope to see you soon!

Happy Birding!
  Jill and the  Wild Bird & Garden Team


Present coupon for 20% OFF any* one in-stock item in our stores. Feel free to forward or share with family and friends so they can enjoy the Spring savings, too!

*Excludes optics and sale items. Offer Expires 04/10/2019.

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