Madison, Wisconsin

Bob & Jan Ross

Bob & Jan Ross

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

Madison, Wisconsin

8402 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53562

Phone: (608) 664-1414
Fax: (608) 664-1416
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: We are located just West of the Beltline exit to Old Sauk Road about 1.5 blocks, just west one store after the Walgreens on your right, at the intersection of Old Sauk Road and Junction Road.

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Any additives in a sugar nectar solution is totally unnecessary and has the potential to harm these extremely small birds.  Red dye is a clear example of a harmful additive, but some commercially available products add calcium and vitamins too!  Unnecessary!

The nectar sugar solution is only for energy that hummingbirds require in copious amounts due to their high level of activity.   Hummingbirds also eat insects and get their calcium and other nutrients from the these meals, particularly spiders which appears to be a favorite.  Calcium comes from the insect's exoskeleton.  Flower nectar does not provide calcium.

Yes, that said, we do offer an additive to prolong the longevity of the sugar solution in warm weather.  The micro copper sulfate mimics the same composition that flower nectar contains for the same purpose.  We have a research article around the shop concluding its safety.