Upcoming In-Store Events
We would love for you to join us for the upcoming special events!
A Note About Wild Birds Unlimited Presentations: For presentations beginning at 10 am on Saturdays or 11 am on Sundays doors will open at our regularly scheduled opening time. For all other presentation times please ensure that you have arrived 15 minutes prior to the given start time as the presentations will begin at their scheduled time. Unless otherwise indicated all events are FREE for participants and seating is available on a first come first seated basis. Presentations are aimed at an adult audience (unless otherwise indicated).
A Note About Participation in Our Bird Walks: Due to high demand and in an effort to be fair to everyone, priority registration for bird walks will be given to people who have not participated in a walk during a given calendar year. Previous participants from other walks are welcome to go on a waiting list and may be added if room allows. At this time bird walks are open to adults only.
Please Note: Scheduled events and presentations are guidelines only and subject to change due to the availability of presenters, inclement weather and other unforeseen complications. We make every effort to ensure our in-store events go off on time as originally planned.
Fall Bird Walk - FULL
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 8 a.m. (Location TBD closer to date of walk)
Let's go on a bird walk! Join us on Sunday, September 29, 2019 for a guided Bird Walk in search of the many fall migrants and year-round birds one can find here in Simcoe County. We hope to find four species of local woodpeckers (Downy, Hairy, Pileated and Red-bellied) as well as winter birds including Northern Cardinals, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throat and White-crowned Sparrows, Kinglets, Vireos, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-breasted Nuthatches, American Goldfinches and if we're really lucky, maybe even some late migrating warblers, butterflies and sapsuckers! Led by WBU Barrie's very own Kristen Martyn, the tour will begin at our store at 8 a.m. with a brief intro where we are headed and what to look for. We will then travel to begin our walk! Pre-registration is required as space is limited to a maximum of 10 people. Please dress for the weather and make sure to bring a pair of binoculars, water, snacks and camera (if you wish). FALL BIRD WALK IS NOW FULL. Please email [email protected] to join the wait list if desired.
Preparing Your Yard for Winter
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - Presentation at 11 a.m.
Come and join us to learn about how to best prepare your yard for the winter season. Now is the time to create a backyard winter refuge for the birds and for you! Many of the birds in our backyards stay all year round, including during the winter months, including American Goldfinches, Northern Cardinals and many different woodpeckers. Many more species travel south from Northern Canada and spend the winters in our backyards in Southern Ontario, including Common Redpolls, Dark-eyed Juncos and Pine Siskins. This presentation concentrates on how you can prepare your yard for the birds during the winter months using food, water and several other key features. This presentation is packed full of photos of local backyard birds, and is a must hear for anyone who feeds the birds or would like to learn more about the birds in their area. No registration required. We hope to see you there!
Halloween Live Animals Drop-In Event
Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Up for something Spooky? Why not join us in store on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this exciting event as we host LIVE animals who inspire thoughts of Halloween! We won't spoil all the details, but these furry and scaly visitors may include a skunk and more! Meet their handlers and learn more about these unique, and often misunderstood, creatures and see them up close. This is a drop in style event and you are welcome to visit the animals any time from 11 am - 2 pm for as long as you would like. This event is free and great for all ages, we hope to see you in store!
Project FeederWatch Education
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - Presentation at 10 a.m.
Join us Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. and learn about the upcoming Project FeederWatch season. Great for both veteran and beginner 'watchers' of all ages, this session will help you gain insight on the program, how the data is used, and how to easily work your citizen science into your day! This event is free and there is no registration required.
Best Places to Bird in Ontario - Book Signing
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - Times to be Announced
Join us on Saturday, November 9, 2019 (time TBD) to meet the authors and get your signed copy of this exciting new book!
Best Places to Bird in Ontario covers the top 30 birding destinations in Ontario, with up-to-date information on hard to find species, directions, birding tips and more! Each chapter/region covered has an in-depth overview to the region from a birding perspective, as well as a site guide with directions, colour maps and photographs for each chapter.
Check out the Burrell Birding website to learn why the authors are two of Ontario’s leading birders. http://burrellbirding.ca
Nutty for Nuthatches
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - Presentation at 10 a.m.
Come and join us on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. to learn all about Nuthatches and how to attract them to your yard. Nuthatches are probably one of the easiest backyard birds to identify... if you see a bird creeping downward on a tree, it's a nuthatch! It's the only species that can "walk down a tree." It needs no tail support because it has incredibly strong feet. Did you know - the name Nuthatch results from the corruption of the word "nuthack" which refers to its habit of hacking away at a seed with its beak until it opens. This free presentation will focus on the two nuthatch species commonly found in Simcoe County, the White-breasted and the Red-breasted Nuthatch, and is a must hear for anyone who enjoys nuthatches or wishes to attract them into their yard. No registration required.
Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019
Join us on Saturday November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019 as we we kick off the upcoming holiday season with our annual Holiday Open House. We'll have exciting gift ideas, some delicious treats, and great raffle prizes! There's even rumours of a Cookie Exchange! To help celebrate, the store will be decorated with all the trimmings for the Holiday Season ahead. We hope to see you there!
Owl Be Home for the Holidays Drop-In Event
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join us on Saturday December 7, 2019 from 10 am - 2 pm for our "Owl Be Home for the Holidays" Event featuring live birds of prey! This exciting event will feature live owls and other birds of prey from the fantastic team at Mountsberg Raptor Centre. Meet the handlers of these magnificent birds, learn all birds of prey and hear about the individual stories of these fascinating creature and how they became rehab/education animals. This is a drop in style event and you are welcome to visit the animals any time from 10 am - 2 pm for as long as you would like. This event is free and great for all ages, we hope to see you in store!
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