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. 

 


2019-03-16 - Barrie Spring Home Show

Barrie Spring Home & Garden Show

Sat., March 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sun., March 17, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We hope you can join us at this years Barrie Spring home and Garden Show at the Bradford Greenhouses as we celebrate the return of Spring! The show is dedicated to re-imagining your living space! From home renovation, to landscaping, and interior design; you'll find inspiration and ideas to improve your home and garden. Loads of vendors; and many informative talks, including Frankie Flowers! See their website for a full schedule. We hope to see you there!

 


 

2019-03-23 - Soper Creek Live Animals

Soper Creek Wild Life - Live Animal Drop-In Event

Saturday March 23, 2019 - Drop-in from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit us in-store on Saturday, March 23, 2019 as the crew from Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue join us to educate and entertain. Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Canadian Wildlife Services to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured, orphaned or abandoned wildlife. Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is dedicated to providing programs that are both fun and exciting, as well as educational.  Rumour has it some of the visiting Animal Ambassadors may include a Bobcat, Fox, Possum and more. Animals are subject to change depending on their health and well-being the day of.

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!

 


2019-03-30 Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday - Innisfil IdeaLab & Library

Saturday, March 30th - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Lakeshore Branch, 967 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil , ON

Innisfil Seed Library in partnership with the Innisfil Idealab & Library and the Innisfil Garden Club presents the 3rd annual Innisfil Seedy Saturday! Free admission but donations towards the event are always appreciated. We are also accepting non-perishable food items for the Innisfil Food Bank.

Innisfil Seedy Saturday includes seed vendors, local community groups and businesses, a community seed swap, expert talks and demonstrations, children’s crafts and other memorable activities. The Innisfil Seed Library also reopens for its 4th season. We hope you can join us there!

 


2019-04-06 - Marvelous Monarchs

Marvelous Monarchs

Saturday April 6, 2019 - Presentation at 10 a.m.

Have you heard about Monarch Butterflies being "tagged" or "banded" during migration; but aren't exactly sure what that means? Then be sure to join us as one of the volunteers from the Rosetta McClain Gardens tagging station joins us to talk about this fascinating process and what it means for these declining beauties. The talk will cover what information is collected, how it is used, and what differences they've noticed over the years.  You can get a sneak peak at some of the information from our blog post from a 2016 visit to the station by our very own Kristen Martyn, but make sure to join us for the most up to date details on both the collection process and the state of the Monarch population.  No registration required. We hope to see you there!

 


2019-04-16 - Radical Reduction

Radical Reduction: Recycling Educational Event

Sunday April 14, 2019 - Drop-in from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

As nature lovers, we all want to do whatever we can to help ensure the longevity and safety of not just our backyard birds, but the planet itself.  We all do our part daily, but what if we could do more? Join us for our Radical Reduction- Recycling Education Event, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. This drop-in event runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in-store and is free and suitable for all ages. We will be joined by a representative of the City of Barrie’s Recycling Team to help teach us what goes in what bin, and what items can be recycled that you may not have realized (for sample, our WBU Seed Bags!).  We will also have games and puzzles to solve, recycled bird feeding products, plus, learn how to earn yourself a re-usable straw and ditch those plastic straws for good!  We hope you can join us!

 


2019-04-27 - Mason Bee Education

Mason Bee Education

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - Presentation at 10 a.m. - Pre-registration is Required.

Blue Orchard Mason Bees are a species commonly found in North America and can be released in your garden to successfully pollinate your flowers, trees, shrubs, fruits and vegetables. Mason Bee cocoons can be released when conditions are optimal, when daytime temperatures have reached about 10-13°C (50-55°F) or 10% of spring blooms are happening. Simply release them in your yard and provide your garden and neighbourhood with instant pollination and biodiversity. 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.

WBU Barrie is proud to sell Mason Bee Cocoons along with some of the best BEE HOUSES and PRODUCTS for backyard bees! To help your bees be as successful as possible we will also be giving a presentation at 10:00 all about rearing and releasing mason bees. Presentations are aimed at an adult audience. https://barrie.wbu.com/pollinators

Available for purchase: live mason bee cocoons, bee houses and accessories, butterfly houses and feeders and local honey products.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this event, please email to confirm your spot to: [email protected]

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring/Summer

Sunday April 28, 2019 - Presentation at 10 a.m.

Come and join us to learn about how to best prepare your yard for the spring and summer seasons. Now is the time to create a backyard oasis for the birds and for you!  This is an exciting time of year when many of our migrants being to return, including Baltimore Orioles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, not to mention all the babies! This presentation concentrates on how you can prepare your yard for the birds during the warm 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!

 


Pollinator Party - Making a Bee House

Sunday May 5, 2019 - Pre-registration Required

Registration is required. 

Details to come - stay tuned!

  


Chimney-Swift Watch

Spring, Date and Time - TBD

Details to come - stay tuned!

 


Bluebirds - Walk and Talk

Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

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 email [email protected] to confirm your place on the outing.

 


Decorate a Bird Feeder for Dad

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Time to be Confirmed.

Registration is required. $30 + HST per person. Ages 6+. Adult Supervision Required.

Details to come - stay tuned!

 


Live Mealworm Education

Sunday, July 2, 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 to [email protected] 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!

 


Understanding Optics

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 22, 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 will 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.

Details to come - stay tuned!

 


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!