Barrie, Ontario

Steve, Dianne and Kristen Martyn

Steve, Dianne and Kristen Martyn

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Barrie, Ontario

515 Bryne Drive,
Unit B
Barrie, ON L4N 9P7

Phone: (705) 726-7600
Fax: (705) 726-1327
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

 

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Nectar...the Recipe for Perfectly Fun Feeding 

Orioles - The Sweet Life

Orioles

One of North America’s most popular fruit-eating birds is the oriole and we can help you attract them to your yard if they are in your area.

Orioles are known to enjoy orange slices, grape jelly and mealworms offered from tray-style feeders. Nectar feeders can also be used.  You can make your own nectar solution is you like. Mix six parts water and one part ordinary table sugar to create the perfect nectar solution. Example: (6 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar). They will even use the protein-rich mealworms to feed their nestlings. Nectar feeders are also attractive to orioles, supplementing the natural nectar they typically find in flowers. Be patient and keep the foods fresh, replacing them every few days and be sure to keep your feeders clean, too.

Hummingbirds

These tiny birds use so much energy flying that they can eat double their weight in nectar and insects each day. Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck up nectar with their bills. They actually lap it up with their tongues. While dipping their grooved tongues into nectar sources at up to 12 times a second, the nectar is drawn up and into their mouth each and every time. You can help them keep their energy level up and attract them to your yard by offering them a nectar solution. Mix four parts water and one part ordinary table sugar to create the perfect nectar solution. Example: (4 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar). Change the nectar and wash your feeder in hot water every three to four days (more often in hot weather). If you have a WBU Hummingbird Feeder, simply place it in the top rack of your dishwasher for easy cleaning. If you plan to store nectar in the refrigerator, boil the water first before creating and storing your nectar solution. Never add red food coloring, honey or artificial sweeteners to the solution. These birds are quite bold, too, so place your feeder close to the house so you can catch all the action! 

How to Choose the Best Hummingbird Feeder

How to Attract Hummingbirds

 

Help ‪#‎BringBackTheBees‬ With New Products at WBU Barrie

Live Mason and Leafcutter Bee Cocoons Now Available!

Blue Orchard Mason Bees Cocoons: Blue Orchard Mason Bees (Osmia lignaria ssp.) are gentle and good natured. They are amazing pollinators for spring fruit, nut trees, berries and blooming plants. They rarely sting (the males have no stinger) and when they do it is similar to a mosquito bite, which makes them a welcome garden companion. It’s estimated a single mason bee may visit approximately 2,000 blossoms a day. The mason bee’s name comes from using mud to seal the egg chambers within a nesting hole. A female mason bee will collect a pollen ball (as a food source for the larva), lay an egg and seal the chamber with mud, on to the next one and so on, usually laying six eggs to a chamber. They are the first bee to hatch in the season usually in late March to early April. These charming ladies love to wake to the warmth of the early morning sun, and will pollinate until day’s end.

The Blue Orchard Mason Bees is the common name of a native bee that pollinates our spring fruit and nut trees, flowers and vegetables. This bee is non-social which means it does not live in a hive. In the wild, mason bees nest in hollow stems, woodpecker drillings and insect holes found in trees or wood. You will find Mason Bees active in your yard until early summer at which time they have laid a new bee for the following season. Blue Orchard Mason Bees are known as gentle bees and can be observed at close range without fear of being stung. Keep in mind these non-social bees do not produce honey.

BLUE ORCHARD MASON BEES ARE NOW SOLD OUT FOR THE 2016 SEASON (ALFALFA LEAFCUTTER BEES STILL AVAILABLE!)

 

Blue Orchid Mason Bee Cocoons

Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee Cocoons: The Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee (Megachile rotundata) is a smaller bee than the mason bee but just as gentle and as hard working. They tend to hatch out of their cocoons in mid to late July, being cued to do so by heat and daylight hours. The leafcutter bee is a cavity dwelling bee, so she lays her eggs in existing holes. She does not create holes or damage structures to make holes.  Leafcutter bees stay close to home, foraging for pollen and nectar within 100m (300ft) of the nest.

The Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee are a useful friend to gardeners as they provide valuable and efficient pollination for plants such as your summer vegetable gardens. Like mason bees, these bees are cavity nesting and need ready-made nests such as soft rotting wood, pithy plants stems like roses or man-made tubes. Once a suitable home is found the Alfalfa Leafcutter bee will build its nest using pieces of leaves for lining. By overlapping leaf pieces, it makes a cylindrical cavity that looks like a cigar. Leafcutter bee makes a crescent or almost circular shaped hole in the leaf. This damage does not harm the plant. Like mason bees these bees are gentle and observed without the fear of being stung.

There are 25 Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee cocoons per package. Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee cocoon must be placed outdoors no later than July 1.

Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee Cocoons

Pollen Bee Emergence Chambers: The Pollen Bee Emergence Chamber provides a safe place for emerging bees. This shelter is to protect your overwintering cocoons from predators and the elements and allows bees to emerge in the spring. The fine workmanship makes these shelters pest and rodent resistant from fall to spring. The Pollen Bee Emergence Chamber is made from pine to withstand the elements and the hinges and clasp system allow for easy monitoring of your cocoons. Set shelters on a shelf away from predators and close to a pollen bee nest. Female bees will return to the area they hatched to lay their eggs and having a pollen bee nest available to them will ensure the bees continue to flourish in your area.  When the weather warms up the bees will safely emerge from their cocoons. Each shelter will hold 100 or more mason bee cocoons.

Dimensions: 6” Length x 4” Width x 2” Height
Pollen Bee Emergence Chamber