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James Ullrich

Owner, Wild Birds Unlimited, Gig Harbor

James Ullrich is the president of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gig Harbor, and is past president of the Kitsap Audubon Society, 2010 – 2012. He has served on the Kitsap Audubon board of directors for the past 10 years, and was president as well in 2005. James has given over 105 seminars on Orchard Mason Bees over the years. He has been a guest on the radio programs of Ciscoe Morris, Ed Hume and Scott Conner. He received the “Friend to the Environment” award from Wild Birds Unlimited of Indianapolis, IN; the “Franchisee of the Year” for Wild Birds Unlimited of Indianapolis, IN; the Silver Beaver award and the Scouting Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 from the Boy Scouts of America; the Kingfisher Award from the Kitsap Audubon Society and recently, the Tahoma Audubon Society Distinguished Service Award. Jim was also recently recognized as the Business/Professional Person of the Year from the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. For the past five years he has written articles on birds and bees for the West Sound Home & Garden magazine. James is a retired Naval officer, and holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound.

Visit Wild Birds Unlimited, now with Knox Cellars Mason Bees, in booth #316 in the South Hall at this year’s show.

The Bees and the Birds: Gardening for Orchard Mason Bees and Backyard Birds

The Mason Bee is a non-aggressive pollinator native to our area. Learn about the Mason Bees’ needs, including proper housing, housing location, plants to attract Mason Bees into your yard, and maintenance of a colony during the pollination process. Discover how weather cycles affect our bees, predator issues, how to have a successful crop of bees and storing the bees from year to year. Jim will also include backyard bird winter activities and how you can encourage more winter birds.

Friday, Feb 9 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage