Shirley Hendricson purchased the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise in Clinton in July 2013, and moved the store to Freeland in August of the same year. She and her sales associates, Barbara Gohlke and Michael Yost, share her enthusiasm for wild birds and for helping customers.
Before taking on the task of owning her own business she had always worked for someone else. A friend saw a “For Sale” sign on the counter of the Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Clinton and passed the information on to her. Shirley thought, “If I was ever going to buy a store, this was the kind of business I’d really enjoy.”
After two and a half years in business Shirley is still happy with her decision. “I’ve loved wild birds my whole life, so this was a good fit.” Her products include bird seed and bird feeders of all types, suet, seed cylinders, bird houses, bat houses, books, fair trade-made gift items, wind chimes and garden art.
Shirley and her crew wholeheartedly endorse these words from Wild Birds Unlimited:
“The key to the conservation of bird populations is to be found in providing the habitats needed for their natural reproduction and sustained survival. Interaction and education are the ultimate keys, because we must know something before we can love it…and we protect only what we love. If we learn about birds through the joy and excitement of attracting them to our yards…then we are sure to grow in our desire to protect them.”
With spring just around the corner, birds will be actively looking for nesting locations and food sources. Here are some tips to help you attract a wide variety of birds to your backyard this spring:
- Offer a variety of foods high in protein and calcium to meet the needs of nesting birds. This will also increase the frequency of visits to your feeders. Not only does it provide much needed supplemental energy for the high demands of the nesting season; offering products with added calcium is the perfect ingredient to strengthen egg shells for nesting birds and an essential building block as baby birds grow.
- Provide nest building materials Birds will be looking for locations with reliable food sources and shelter. By placing a man-made nesting box in your yard, you will help increase cavity-dwelling wild bird populations. Provide nesting materials and enjoy watching birds come and go as they pull out materials (untreated cotton fiber, soft yarn, alpaca, human hair, or dog fur, straw, or fine twigs) to carry back to their nest.
For more ideas and suggestions, stop by and see Shirley, Michael or Barbara at Wild Birds Unlimited, 5565 Van Barr Pl., Suite AB, in Freeland, from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday; phone: 360-341-1404. You can check out Shirley’s website.