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.
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.
Chimney-Swift Night Out
Tuesday May 28, 2019 at 7:15 pm
Pre-registration Below is Required (Limit 20 People)
Kid Friendly: This event is appropriate for children ages 10+.
A SWIFT NIGHT OUT is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts. Swift Night Out is a part of SwiftWatch a Citizen Science monitoring and conservation program that brings volunteers and community groups together to act as stewards for Chimney Swifts and their habitat.
Historically, Chimney Swifts inhabited large, hollow trees. As Europeans settled in North America, these habitats became scarce. Swifts adapted and began using chimneys for nesting and roosting. Chimney Swifts are once again facing complex challenges. Their Canadian population has declined by 95% since 1968. Their habitat is being lost as buildings are modernized and chimneys are capped, steel-lined, or torn down. Other factors, such as severe weather events and changes in insect abundance, are likely also affecting swifts.
Through SwiftWatch, volunteers and community members are filling critical information gaps and addressing key threats. Since 2010, volunteers have identified 750 active chimneys in the Maritimes and Ontario. Of these, over 100 are now regularly monitored. Bird Studies Canada and partner organizations are working with schools, home owners, building managers, chimney sweeps, and townships to maintain and protect these sites.
In partnership with Nature Barrie, WBU Barrie is hosting a Swift Night Out. We will gather at the store to learn all about Chimney Swifts from a local expert from Nature Barrie. The second part of the evening will take place as a Chimney Swift roost in downtown Barrie where we will count the swifts as they enter their roost. Be sure to pre-register early for your spot!
Bluebirds - Walk and Talk
Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Pre-registration is Required (Limit 20 People)
Join us for a presentation about Eastern Bluebirds. Our presentation will include information about the Eastern Bluebird including what they eat, where they live and attracting them to your backyard. After the presentation we will head out as a group to a local Bluebird Trail to observe these amazing birds in person. Led by Nature Barrie, the presentation will begin at our store. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to a maximum of 20 people. Please dress for the weather and make sure to bring a pair of binoculars, water, snacks and camera (if you wish). Please complete the form below to confirm your place on the outing.
Build a Bird Feeder for Dad- Kids Event
Saturday June 15, 2019 at 9 am
Pre-registration Below is Required (Limit of 12 Participants)
Cost $34.99 + HST per Child. Adult Supervision Required
Kid Friendly: This presentation is ideal for children aged 6+
Join us for this fun, kid-friendly event where we'll build a bird feeder (Hopper Style) for Dad just in time for Father's Day or kids can then take home and hang in their yard! This event is a fun way to learn how to feed backyard birds and a great activity to get children interested in nature. All supplies will be provided and at the end each child gets to take home their feeder with a bag of seed. Wrapping is available to keep it a surprise! is geared towards children ages 5-8 with adult supervision. All supplies to make and decorate your house will be provided.
Pre-registration is required as space is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. While this event is for young children, an adult to assist them is required. Please complete the form below to confirm your place.
Live Mealworm Education
Sunday July 7, 2019 - Presentation at 11 a.m.
Come and join us to learn about mealworms and the benefits of feeding them to your backyard birds. Learn how to tell which feeders you can use to offer these nutritious snacks, and which birds you can attract to you yard. For those that attend our presentation, we will be offering a FREE container of 200 Live Mealworms to get you started! A great addition to your backyard feeding station. Please RSVP below so we can ensure we have mealworms for you!
Simcoe County Birds of Prey
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Drop-In Event from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join us on Saturday, July 20, 2019 for The Hawks and Falcons of Simcoe County - featuring live birds of prey! This exciting drop-in event will feature live hawks and falcons local to the Simcoe County area. 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. The birds are coming from the awesome Mountsberg Raptor Centre whose handlers will be on hand from 10 am - 2 pm to answer any questions you may have. This is a drop in style event and you are welcome to visit the birds any time from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for as long as you would like. We hope to see you there!
Bird Feeder Cleaning and Education Event
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Details to come - stay tuned!
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - Presentation at 10 a.m.
Registration Required. Please feel free to bring your own Optics to this event. Details to come - stay tuned!
Fall Bird Walk
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Details to come - stay tuned!
Preparing Your Yard for Winter
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Presentation at 10 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.
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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