About The Wildbird General Store
The Wildbird General Store™ has been a locally owned, independent, family-run business, since 1989.
We are dedicated to promoting our love for nature, in our own backyard and yours.
The Wildbird General Store™ was founded in 1989 by retired ornithologist Jack Clements, and his daughter Ellen. The store was the very first of its kind in all of Alberta, specializing in backyard bird feeding. Originally located in the Strathcona area by Royal Pizza™, the store moved to its current location in south Edmonton in 1995. Jack sold the store to biologist Lu Carbyn and his wife Jaynne Carre in 2001, who expanded the business in 2009.
Steve Kulak and Kay Kozlowski, both former molecular biologists at the UofAlberta, bought into the store in 2014, and took over full ownership in 2017. Steve is more than happy to answer any science questions you may have, whatever the topic. Kay has a knack for sourcing cool & interesting gifts.
We’ve had many fantastic people staffing the store over the years. Jim Lange, former president of the Federation of Alberta Naturalists, is our resident raptor expert and still works Wednesdays and Fridays as our warehouse manager. Retired RCAF colonel Marc Demers and his grandson Marc Jr were fixtures over many years, we wish Marc the best in Calgary, and Marc Jr the best in his studies. We lost master owl bander Ray Cromie (aka OWLER1) in 2015, he’s deeply missed by all who knew his kind and generous spirit. Ray’s original hand-drawn saw-whet nest box design still hangs on our cork board.
We introduced our gnome mascot in the fall of 2015 with a name the gnome contest. “Wilbir” was suggested as Wildbird without the “d’s” and thus Wilbir the 4′ Gnome was born. Wilbir can be found sun-bathing outside the store except in the most inclement weather, and is more than happy to take selfies. Be sure to share them & tag us @WILDBIRD_YEG on Twitter or Instagram! #WILBIR #YEGgnome #WILDBIRD