CHAPEL HILL: Songbird Station celebrates 16 years in business

Saturday, October 29, 2011 | 7:03 p.m. CDT

CHAPEL HILL — After 16 years in business, Songbird Station, a wild bird and nature store, is holding an anniversary celebration to thank its customers for their patronage through the years.

The celebration began Saturday morning when families participated in a walk together.

"We have very good birders to help families identify birds together," said Mel Toellner, owner of Songbird Station. "We also want to reach out and meet new families from the central Missouri area."

The store put on a children's presentation Saturday called "Those Darn Squirrels" using squirrel toys and puppets.  

"We want to help kids enjoy nature and not just iPods and laptops," Toellner said.

Throughout the weekend the store is offering a discount on birdseed to thank Songbird Station customers. Other discounts are offered, including 16 percent off an item besides birdseed.

Toellner will host a seminar and answer questions at 2 p.m. Sunday on making a backyard winter bird habitat, how to help the birds through the winter and how to attract certain birds to the backyard. Handouts, various specials and refreshments will be available at the presentation.

Toellner expressed his gratitude to those who support small businesses around Columbia.

"The celebration is meant to say thank you to the folks who support us, being a small business," Toellner said.

The celebration lasts through Sunday at Songbird Station, located at 2010 Chapel Plaza Court. The store contact number is 446-5941.   

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