Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

Rosann Kovalcik, Owner

Rosann Kovalcik, Owner

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

Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

20381 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Phone: (313) 881-1410
Fax: (313) 881-2008
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Free parking available at rear of store.

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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.

Molting

Being Seasonally Savvy: Help Birds During Molting Season

Just as people make seasonal wardrobe changes, many birds are beginning a transformation of their own by replacing their old and worn feathers in a process known as molting. Molting is when a bird replaces some (partial molt) or all (full molt) of its feathers. This complicated process requires a lot of energy and may take up to eight weeks to complete. Molting is so physically demanding for most ducks and geese that they can't fly and will molt in seclusion to avoid predators. 

Molting season varies by species and time of year. Right now many birds are beginning their main molt of the year, however American Goldfinches are one of the last to molt. Due to their late nesting period, they won't start their molt until late August. Distinguishing birds that are molting from those that are not can be difficult. Though some birds may lose patches of feathers and appear "balding," most birds' feather loss and replacement are far less noticeable. Feathers are made of more than 90% protein, primarily keratins, so every molting bird needs extra proteins to grow strong feathers for proper flight and effective insulation.

Molting American Goldfinch (above) and Northern Cardinal (below)

Research shows that a consistent and reliable source of food actually helps birds grow higher quality feathers. Keep your feeders filled and also offer high-protein foods such as Nyjer® (thistle), peanuts, Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® and mealworms, to ensure that your birds have the reliable source of protein and fats to help them with molting. Visit us soon for all of the high-protein foods that will meet your birds’ needs. We have everything you need to help your birds keep going (and re-growing feathers) during this critical time.

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Upcoming Events

At Wild Birds Unlimited, Grosse Pointe Woods, we offer fun and educational customer experiences through events held in-store and within our community. Below is a list of upcoming events, hosted by us, and perfect for Bringing People and Nature Together.

       Fall Bird Walks at the Edsel &

Eleanor Ford House

 

Come walk the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, where we've seen over 190 different bird species. Dates include:

  • Saturday, 8/26/17, 8:00am
  • Saturday, 9/23/17, 8:00am
  • Saturday, 10/28/17, 8:00am
  • Saturday, 11/18/17, 8:00am

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           New Session- Avian Art

 

Come paint birds with us! This month's bird is the beautifully bright red Scarlet Tanager. 

Friday, September 15th

6:00pm - 9:00pm

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            Fall Bird Walks at Detroit's  

Elmwood Cemetery

 

Join us for our fall bird walks at the Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, full of history, habitat, and of course- birds! Upcoming dates include one evening and one morning walk:

  • Wednesday, 9/20/17, 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, 9/28/17, 8:00 am

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