Come in and meet the team!

Meet Susan and David Van Houten, Owners


We found our love of bird watching and bird feeding when we bought a new house and the previous owners left a bird feeder.  After watching birds continue to come to the empty feeder, we decided to fill it and we were hooked.  Although we never thought that one event would lead to a lifelong passion and even a business, it has been a great adventure.   The best part about operating a Wild Birds Unlimited store is the wonderful customers and knowing that you are making a difference in the community and nature. 

I run the store full-time and David is employed full-time at NCR. 


Meet Duchess

Duchess is a dapple dachshund dog.  My sister found Duchess in Kansas where she lives and sent me a picture.  It was love at first site!  We just had to figure out how to get her to GA which we solved by meeting halfway between for a family wedding.   Duchess is the smartest, sweetest, lovable dog...I am definitely not biased!  If you visit the store, most times, you will see Duchess.  She is our #1 greeter.


Meet Jennifer

I have a lifelong dedication to good stewardship of land, plants and animals. I find nature and everything it teaches us to be endlessly fascinating.  I am also an herbalist and wellness adviser in addition to working at Wild Birds Unlimited.  

I enjoy both the people I work with and the customers that come in the store.  It is always fun to hear about what people are experiencing with their wild, feathered friends and nature.


Meet Thom

Georgian by birth; Athenian by the grace of God. Lover of all life and appreciates the smallest of wonders. 

Never lose your child-like curiosity for knowledge and you will continue to evolve!


Meet Josiah


Whether I’m leading birding walks on a clear Saturday morning, bagging seed or helping a customer decide what suet is best for their birds, I thoroughly enjoy working for Wild Birds Unlimited. As a teenager who plans on turning his interest in birds into a lifelong career of research and conservation, working for Wild Birds Unlimited gives me the wonderful opportunity to share my passion for birds and birding, while simultaneously serving people—two tasks I believe are extremely important.


Meet Emily


Hi! I am so excited to be working at Wild Birds Unlimited of Athens! 

I have had a love of birds my whole life. Growing up, my dad and I would collect feathers we found in the yard. He always kept bird books for me to read and to learn about the different types of birds we had around our house that were visiting our feeders.

That love of birds as well as other wildlife has carried over to adulthood. My husband and I spend a majority of our time outside watching the birds and enjoying all things nature. We also have four Nigerian Dwarf goats that we bottle raised who love to watch the birds with us!

I love helping people expand and broaden their love of birds and nature. I look forward to helping people enjoy birds and nature as much as I do!