Eugene, Oregon

Barbara & Dan Gleason

Barbara & Dan Gleason

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

Eugene, Oregon

2510 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405

Phone: (541) 844-1788
Fax: (541) 844-1732
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Eugene's Wild Bird and Nature Experts... Call us about monthly seminars, bird walks, special sales and more...or for directions; we can help you get here easily!

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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.

It's That Time of Year...
Our Woodpecker Picnic
Bird Food Sale!

Stop in between now and July 31 for our summer sale on suet, suet-dough, seed cylinders, and Bark Butter products...

Woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, sparrows, towhees, and  jays, too, of course...all love the easy-to-eat nutrition found in suet, suet doughs, seed cylinders and Bark Butter...

Suet dough is especially important this time of year when the weather is hot! Regular suet melts when temperatures reach the 90s, resulting in the goopiness (is that a real word?) so infamous with suet in summer. Birds' feathers can be damaged by such drippy fat, and it makes a mess below it on the ground, so some people completely avoid feeding suet in summer. 

But, that is a mistake, if you enjoy seeing baby woodpeckers, and other baby birds whose parents feed them suet or doughs!

Suet dough is made to melt at much higher temperatures, around 130 degrees, which we don't see here in Oregon, thank goodness! Suet dough has more solid ingredients in it, much less fat, but the fat that is present still helps birds with their energy needs. We've stocked up on several suet dough "flavors" to help your baby birds learn to come to your house for their future suet and dough needs!

Cut out this coupon and stop in to talk about options for your summer feeding strategies! Your birds will thank you for it!

Woodpecker picnic couppon

Woodpecker Family Activities

Adult and Juvenile Downy Woodpeckers

Human families staying close to home this summer won’t have to travel any farther than their backyards for fun and entertainment. This time of year, adult woodpeckers and adults of many other bird species, are introducing their young fledglings to a whole new world of experiences. (Photo opposite shows Downy Woodpecker dad introducing baby to Bark Butter!)

People who only feed the birds during the winter miss out on summer bird feeding fun and fascinating wild bird ‘family life’ activities. By mid-summer, woodpecker fledglings begin leaving the nest and are fed and taught to eat from feeders by their parents; a fascinating interaction to observe.

The health and growth rate of a fledgling is determined by the amount of nutritional foods it consumes. High-protein and high-calcium foods are especially important until a bird is full grown. Fledglings require a lot of protein to help them grow strong, to acquire properly-colored feathers and strong flight muscles.

Help your birds with high-protein foods like Suet, suet dough, peanuts, Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter®, seed cylinders and mealworms. These energy-packed foods will entice your birds and their young to your yard, so the young birds learn the location of your bird food and will begin to make return trips on their own.

You can recognize Downy and other woodpecker fledglings by their fresh, dapper plumage, whereas that of the adults is worn and dusky from their repeated trips in and out of the nest cavity. In the case of Downy Woodpeckers, look for reddish feather patches on the tops of the babies' heads, not the on the back of the head like the father's red patch.

After a few weeks, parents stop feeding their fledglings and may even peck at them if they continue begging for food, to convince them to feed themselves! With lots of young woodpeckers around and the molting process in full swing, woodpeckers are seeking the extra calories and protein that your feeders can provide.

Visit us soon and we’ll make sure you have the expert advice and quality hobby products you need to make friends with some of the cutest birds in the neighborhood.

Safety Tips for Feeding Birds Seed in the Summer

Black-headed Grosbeaks love peanuts!

Black-headed Grosbeaks' beaks make short work of peanuts! Photo by Dan Gleason, ©2012

Dr. David Bonter has been studying feeder birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, NY, for over a decade. In the course of his research, he fills and maintains more than a dozen bird feeders around Ithaca, New York. These tips are based on his guides to feeding birds in summer...

  • Keep your seed dry. Hot, possibly humid summer weather creates the potential for mold. “Some molds produce the byproduct aflatoxin, which is fatal to birds,” Bonter says. He suggests filling feeders halfway full in summer and refilling more frequently, instead of packing feeders full so the seed sits for long periods. Dan Gleason, from Wild Birds Unlimited of Eugene, adds, "If you find mold on your seed, get rid of it immediately, and clean, rinse and dry the feeder thoroughly before reusing."
  • Use Seed Cylinders, says Barbara Gleason, especially if you plan to be out of town a bit. Grab a few seed cylinders and simple feeders, since cylinders keep seed encased until birds break off the seeds they want to eat, making mold less of a concern when it comes to mold issues, than seed loosely held in feeders.
  • Move feeders occasionally. Concentrations of seed hulls and bird droppings under a feeder can lead to outbreaks of salmonellosis, a bacterial sickness that can affect birds (and people). Move feeders around the yard and don’t allow waste to build up in one area. (We've also placed mesh black ground covers under feeders in the past in back yards, to allow the waste to collect there, making it easy to pick up and dump out the debris then reposition the netting. Or, instead use No Mess Seed blends, instead, which have no hulls to fall and if seed does fall to the ground, ground feeding birds and or squirrels, are likely to eat it quickly.
  • Put suet in the shade or use No-Melt Doughs instead. Some suet comes in no-melt varieties, but even these can spoil or become soft and foul a bird’s feathers in high heat if in direct sunlight for several hours. Keep suet in cool places, use only No Melt varieties and you can enjoy watching the parent woodpeckers, chickadees, Bushtits and others show their youngsters where to come for food — your feeding station! (Note: No Melt Dough is made to melt at much higher temperatures than is regular suet, at 130 degrees instead of suet's 95 degrees. The worry about suet in summer is due to the gloppy suet possibly getting on the birds' feathers and damaging them. They need feathers for not just flying, but for insulation and other critical reasons, so, each feather must be kept in good condition in order for the bird to survive.)
  • Clean your feeders regularly. Washing feeders roughly every two weeks with a 10 percent bleach solution followed by a good rinse, will keep your feeders both attractive and healthy for your guests.
  • Be bear aware. Black bear populations are on the rise in much of North America, and the big bruins will absolutely go after your seed stockpiles. Please be aware of potential bear problems in your area and if necessary, either mount your feeders on very tall poles out of bears' reach, or take your feeders down during summer to avoid unexpected bear visits. (Soon we will have "bear poles" that are 14' tall, and have about 8 attachment locations for your feeders. We found them at a recent trade show and they are well-made and a good solution if bears become a problem in your area from time to time.)