Hello Friends,
We hope this email finds you well. We have been so grateful for all of your support through the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are taking the re-opening of the state and county very carefully. This week we have
expanded our curbside hours at the Wilmington store to 10-3 Monday through Saturday. 
While we're doing curbside service, we are happy to bring any item outside for a safe no contact shopping experience. W e are still here working hard to provide you with the same great bird knowledge right from the sidewalk!  Plus, we are planning some fun shopping treats for you at the end of this week! 

We have been enjoying the pictures of Painted Buntings, Summer Tanagers, and Bluebirds that folks have been sharing with us on social media! We love it when you share photos with us, so bring it on! 

Also, our SHOPPING BY NUMBER strategy has been working well in keeping our customers and employees safe and happy. If you've been eyeing a Bluebird house, a birdbath, or a Hummingbird feeder, this week might be the right time to buy! 
(Spoiler alert: there is a coupon at the end of this newsletter!)
Pop-up Plant Sale!

Our dear friends at Going Native have some gorgeous native plants to sell!  We will run this sale from Thursday 5/21 - Saturday 5/23 
Call or come by curbside to place your order!
Pickup available on Monday 5/25


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'
Soil: moist to average
Full sun to part shade; blooms June to August
Comes in 4" pot 

Spotted Bee Balm  ( Monarda punctata
Striking pinkish purple blooms on 2' stems, it is also known as Dotted Horsemint. This plant attracts many pollinators including native bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Soil: sandy soils 
Full sun to part shade; blooms July through September
Comes in 4" pot

American Beauty Berry ( Callicarpa americana
Produces small pink flowers in the Summer and the namesake bright purple berries, which grow in dense clusters, mature in late Summer to early Autumn. Many birds love to eat these berries in the fall and early winter.
Height: Can grow up to 9' in favorable conditions (and can grow to be 9' wide too!)
Soil: moist to dry
Part shade and sun
Comes in gallon pot

Gift Item Sidewalk Extravaganza!

We know you are ready for some retail therapy! Browsing in a cute shop has been essentially off limits since March. Sometimes you just have to see something to know that you need it, right? So we are bringing you an open-air browsing opportunity at the Wilmington store on Saturday May 23. We will have some of our best and favorite gift items on display outdoors in front of the shop. Come by and check it out!

Optics for Stay-at-Home Birding

For a while to come, it's looking like it will be wise to spend more time at home. You have surely been looking at the feeders and houses in your yard or outside your windows for entertainment. Have you named all your yard birds or squirrels yet? It's always nice to take your binoculars for a walk around the neighborhood; you may be surprised by the variety of birds around you!  Wait, you don't have binoculars ? Well, here are some of the ones we offer at our stores:

Vortex Diamondback:
offered in 8x32 and 8x42
* Most popular selection!

Vortex Viper:
offered in 8x42

Vortex Crossfire:
offered in 8x42
Curbside Pickup!

We are continuing to offer social distancing-friendly ways for you to have the supplies you need as nesting season advances. Over time we will expand our curbside hours and eventually allow guests into the store in a safe way. Thank you all for understanding that we are working hard and being creative to keep the bird community going. We love our little community and we want all of you, our employees, and delivery people to be healthy and happy as we navigate the post-shutdown world!

For Southport pickup please call: 910 457-9453.
For Wilmington pickup please call: 910 343-6001.
As always, we thank you for reading. This is usually such an exciting time of year and, like you, we are so anxious for everything to get back to normal. For now, we are watching the situation closely and making the best decisions we can for our community and small staff. We will be expanding hours and options just as soon as we can, so keep an eye on our website and social media accounts. We wish all of you the very best of luck and health, today and always. 

Happy (armchair) Birding!
  Jill and the  Wild Bird & Garden Team
20% Spring Fever Coupon 20%

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 plant sales, optics, and sale items

Offer Expires 06/01/2020

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