At JJ Cardinal’s Wild Bird & Nature Store we are eager to share our love of the spaces outside of our homes with the creatures and plants with which we coexist.  We carry a wide variety of products to feed and shelter birds and other critters.  We also provide items to share with your friends and loved ones or even for yourself to mark important milestones and simple moments.  JJ Cardinal’s sells great products, provides exceptional services and shares information to increase the joy of the outdoor world around you. We strive to remind ourselves to pick our heads up and observe the world around us with wonder and appreciation. 

We do this by:

  • Showing consideration and care in all our actions
  • Providing a warm, nonjudgmental, trustworthy and fun environment where we can share the things we have seen, things we have learned regarding what to do and what not to do, what is next on our list of accomplishments and friendship, an opportunity to just be in the moment.
  • Seeking out great suppliers that can deliver unique products with exceptional quality and value.
  • Continually educating ourselves to learning new things to being willing to fail and always asking why.

We do this for our guests, ourselves, our community, our suppliers and the natural world that surrounds us.

Our History

JJ Cardinal was started in 1992 by Louise Dawson, who turned her love of nature into a place where like minded people could learn and share their experiences as well as buying high quality products for birds and other outdoor critters.  As the business expanded, she moved to our current location and expanded the product line.  After 26 years of serving the community Louise decided it was time to devote more of her time to her natural curiosity and to spend more time with her best friend Mike Dawson.

Louise did not what to shutter the business.  She had several long-time customers that not only enjoyed the products she carried, but also the ambience of the store.   The store has a personality of its own.  Louise did not want to disappoint them or the local community.  She put a note in her newsletter that she was open to selling the store.

In October of 2017 Gretchen and Ken Giles purchased JJ Cardinals.  Gretchen had been a regular customer who loved the store.  The staff stayed with the store and  Louise stayed on for few months to help with the transition.  The goal was to make the change it a seamless as possible for all the people who had supported JJ Cardinals  for the past 26 years.

Gretchen has an extensive background in the green industry including  completing the  Master Gardener training,  Certified in Landscape and Nursery Management from Michigan State University and a member of the Professional Gardeners Association.   In the spring of 2018 Giles Gardening services were added to JJ Cardinal’s.  We now provided garden education, lectures,  consultation, design and personal gardening services.    The gardening and birding world naturally overlap so it was not only a seamless addition to JJ Cardinal’s but one that makes sense.

Why we don’t have a shopping cart

JJ Cardinal’s is a location that needs to be experienced in person to be appreciated.  We do offer online purchases for guest that are unable to come in, but not a shopping cart.  We sincerely believe that we need to have a conversation with you to understand your needs.  When providing food and shelter for birds and other critters each situation is different.  We want to make sure that you get the products that meet your needs and given situation. We want to provide the specialized service you deserve.  We have standard products we keep on the shelf, but we also are constantly looking for new and unique items.  It would be impossible to show them all on our web pages.  If there is something you are looking for let us know. If the product is in the range of products we sell we will do our best to get it for you. 

The local business community also adds tremendously to our success! It is a huge advantage to be able to shop locally and enjoy rapid response when needs arise.

When you’re in the Grand Blanc area please stop and say “hi”; there is a handy map on this site to help you find us. For those of you who are unable to visit us “live” we hope you have fun with this virtual tour. Thanks for visiting our site. Let us know if you have comments or suggestion

How To Reach Us:

12830 S. Saginaw St., Suite A, Grand Blanc, MI 4843       

Call: 810-695-8733             Email Us:

(see handy map & directions)