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Wild Bird Center declares bankruptcy; reopens as Backyard Nature Center

WICHITA — Leftover bills from a former west-side store have forced the owners of the east-side Wild Bird Center to declare bankruptcy.

The store, which sells bird supplies but not birds, will remain open at the Shops at Tallgrass under a new name: Backyard Nature Center.

"It's a little bit of an embarrassment, but it's also a business tool, and I have to think of it that way," co-owner Cathy Clausen says of declaring bankruptcy."It's totally a business tool that offers relief."

Clausen started the business on the east side with her husband, Nick, 19 years ago.

In 2000, they opened a second store on the west side at Reflection Ridge.

Then, because the business was struggling, they moved it to NewMarket Square.