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The Backyard Naturalists

Dive into the enchanting world of backyard biodiversity with 'The Backyard Naturalists' podcast. Whether you're a nature novice or an experienced enthusiast, our show is your gateway to the wonders of your own outdoor space. Join us on a journey that celebrates the beauty of your backyard as we explore a wide array of captivating topics. Learn how to transform your little piece of nature into a haven for local wildlife, and discover the joy of citizen science by taking part in events like the Great Backyard Bird Count. We'll guide you in harnessing the power of native plants to create a thriving ecosystem right at home, uncover which serpentine residents share your area, and reveal the secrets of attracting specific bird species to your garden. Delve into the world of raptors, both common and rare, inhabiting the Greater Charlotte region, and track the mesmerizing spectacle of spring and fall bird migrations. But that's not all; we'll also introduce you to the world of plants that enchant butterflies, and so much more. Join us in unlocking the hidden treasures within your very own backyard and nurturing a deeper connection with the natural world.

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Owl Adventures: Boosting Your Backyard with Barred Owl Boxes!
Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, your go-to podcast for everything connected with nature! Heard in 115 countries and all 50 states, and a proud recipient of the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, we're thrilled to have you join us.     This week, we're diving into the fascinating world of owls! Learn how to maximize your chances for success with owl boxes, perfect for attracting these incredible birds to your backyard. Plus, it's the perfect time to spot young barred owls as they begin branching out!     We love hearing from our listeners! Drop us a review on Apple Podcasts and let us know where you're tuning in from and what you enjoy most about the show. Happy listening and happy birdwatching!     If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.     Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.     Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.     Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.     Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.     While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
16:48 5/18/24
Cicada Symphony: Exploring Nature's Noisy Invasion
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.     In this captivating episode, hosts Debbie and Laurie, along with guests Jay and Chris, delve deep into the buzzing world of cicadas. The conversation takes listeners on a journey through the recent cicada emergence, exploring not just the cacophonous sounds they produce but also their ecological significance and cultural impact. From sharing audio clips of cicada choruses in local greenways to discussing the surprising culinary adventures some have with cicadas, this episode leaves no cicada stone unturned.     The hosts recount their own encounters with cicadas, from the loud chorus disrupting outdoor activities to the awe-inspiring sight of these insects emerging en masse after years underground. They delve into the fascinating life cycle of periodical cicadas, explaining the difference between the 13 and 17-year broods and why this particular emergence is a rare spectacle worth noting.     Special guest Jay Bell adds a flavorful twist to the discussion by sharing his experiences cooking and eating cicadas. He describes how he enjoys them fried in olive oil with simple seasonings, likening their taste to almonds—a surprising culinary revelation for many listeners.     The episode also touches on the broader implications of cicada emergences, such as their role in ecosystem dynamics and their contribution to scientific research. Listeners are encouraged to share their own cicada sightings, recordings, and photos on social media or by contacting the podcast, fostering a community of cicada enthusiasts eager to document this remarkable natural phenomenon.     Whether you're a seasoned cicada observer or new to their fascinating world, this episode of The Backyard Naturalists is sure to pique your curiosity and inspire you to appreciate the intricate interconnectedness of nature. Join the conversation, share your cicada stories, and let's celebrate this extraordinary cicada season together!     If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.     Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
20:11 5/11/24
Unraveling Bird Myths: Debunking 'Bird Brain,' Baby Birds, and Monogamy
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.   This week, Debbie and Laurie have a conversation around some of the weird and off the wall myths about birds they’ve heard lately. Some of which include, is the phrase “bird brain” really an insult? How about does touching a baby bird really cause the mother to abandon it and, are birds monogamous?   During the show, you hear Debbie mention a wonderful read, The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
23:20 5/4/24
Bird Feeding 2.0: Elevating Your Backyard Aviary
Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! As spring blooms with vibrant life, Debbie and Laurie delve into the world of advanced bird feeding, exploring Bird Feeding 2.0. From the allure of black oil sunflower seeds to the strategic placement of multiple feeders near trees and bushes, this episode unlocks the secrets to attracting a diverse array of avian visitors to your backyard. Discover the allure of shelled peanuts for blue jays, the importance of live mealworms for baby birds, and the benefits of incorporating native plants and clean water sources into your bird-friendly oasis.   Tune in, and let's elevate your bird feeding game to new heights! And don't forget to share your thoughts with us - we're eager to hear where you're from and what keeps you coming back to The Backyard Naturalists podcast.     If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.     Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning.     
39:25 4/27/24
Reviving the Skies: The California Condor Conservation Journey
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast! In this episode, Debbie and Laurie dive deep into the world of conservation with special guest Ashleigh Blackford, a seasoned wildlife biologist with a wealth of experience, notably in the California Condor Recovery program.   Join us as we explore the fascinating journey of the California condor, a majestic bird with a wingspan of up to nine and a half feet, facing challenges from habitat loss to lead poisoning. Discover how biologists like Ashleigh have been working tirelessly since the 1980s to revive the condor populations, from captive breeding programs to releasing these magnificent birds back into their historic habitats. We also discuss recent challenges like the fungal disease outbreak in 2023 and the ongoing efforts to ensure a self-sustaining wild population.   Tune in to learn about this incredible species and the ongoing conservation efforts shaping its future. Don't forget to share your thoughts and where you're listening from – your feedback fuels our passion for sharing nature's wonders!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning.   
27:39 4/20/24
Planet versus Plastics: Earth Day 2024 Special
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast, where we explore all things nature-related! In this episode, Debbie and Laurie delve into Earth Day 2024, which falls on April 22nd with the theme "Planet versus Plastics." They discuss the multifaceted approach to going green, highlighting the five Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.     They also emphasize the importance of composting to reduce food waste and share insights on how individuals can contribute to the Planet versus Plastics initiative. As Edward Everett Hale once said, "I cannot do everything, but still I can do something." Join us in doing our part to make the Earth a better place.     We appreciate your feedback and invite listeners from 115 countries, all 50 states, and especially our listeners in the Carolinas to share their thoughts on the podcast and what they enjoy most.     If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.     Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
13:23 4/13/24
Restoring Nature's Balance: A Conversation with Shubber Ali, CEO of Garden for Wildlife
  Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, where we explore all things nature-related! This week, hosts Debbie and Laurie are thrilled to have Shubber Ali, the CEO of Garden for Wildlife by National Wildlife Federation, join the conversation.   Shubber shares insights into his incredible work leading a for-profit spinoff aimed at restoring our environment. We delve into the North Carolina Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife project, highlighting its mission to promote native plant identification through a free program accessible to all nonprofits. Join us on this journey to connect, learn, and contribute to the beauty and sustainability of our natural world.   Don't forget to leave us your thoughts and feedback—we'd love to hear where you're tuning in from and what you enjoy most about The Backyard Naturalists podcast!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
27:17 4/6/24
Spring 2024 Plant Sales
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.   A.         UNCC – 4/11-4/13 – 4/11 is for members 1.      Plant sale proceeds and membership fees enable the Gardens to continue to offer free admission to our gardens and greenhouse and discounted programming for all. 2.       native wildflowers, butterfly and hummingbird plants, azaleas, hydrangeas, fruiting shrubs, ferns, colorful annuals, unusual ornamental and native trees & shrubs, carnivorous plants, banana plants, elephant ears, succulents, herbs, heirloom vegetables, and more!  Sometimes water plants 3.       All the Gardens’ staff and many knowledgeable long-term volunteers will be on-site to answer questions and suggest plants for your particular conditions! 4.        Location:  Lot 5, Martin Village Road, UNC Charlotte, Free parking is available adjacent to the sale (look for roped off area) 5.      PRO TIP:  sometimes extend sale – check for updates on their site B.       NC State Extension Master Gardener/Union County  1.  5/4/24 – 9-noon  - Come early for best selection   2.  Agriculture Center – Greenhouse; 3230 Presson Rd., Monroe, NC                      3.   variety of vegetables, herbs, native perennials, annuals, container trees and shrubs.                           4.   Rain barrels available for same day pickup                           5.   Cash or credit     D.     Wing Haven – 4/10 – members, 4/11, 4/12, 4/13 1.      wide variety of local favorite and unusual plants, Wing Haven legacy plants, trees and shrubs 2.      assisted by our knowledgeable staff and volunteers. 3.      All proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, programs and educational outreach. 4.      Admission to Wing Haven’s gardens is free during the plant sale—donations accepted and appreciated! Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with a stroll through the gardens after shopping plant favorites.   E.      NC Botanical Garden – 5/4/24 1.       Purchase southeastern native plants from the North Carolina Botanical Garden and other local nurseries in our annual Spring Native Plant Sale. 2.       Chapel Hill, NC 3.       Also features a Daily Plant Sale!  4.      Plant Sales - North Carolina Botanical Garden (unc.edu)   F.        Garden for Wildlife /NCWF 1.      Shop by zip code 2.      shipped to your home at the appropriate planting time 3.      guaranteed for one year, 4.      all native 5.       take the easy Quiz which will direct you to the right plants for the right spot!   G.      SC Botanical Gardens at Clemson – 4/5 (members), 4/6 – public, 4/20 second chance sale 1.       Clemson, SC 2.       Catalog of plants available about 2 weeks before sale     H.      GA Native Plant Society 1.      Spring Plant Sales 2024 - GNPS 2.       23 sites listed across state!   I.          Lisa Tompkins, Carolina Heritage Nursery 1.        Matthews Farmers Market starting April 13 2.        every other week into June     If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.     Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.
21:54 3/30/24
Flight of Wonders: Exploring the World of Hummingbirds
  Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast, where we explore the wonders of nature in every corner of the world. In this episode, Debbie and Laurie dive into the fascinating world of hummingbirds as they embark on their migratory journey to North America.   From the incredible 3500-mile migration of the ruby-throated hummingbird to tips on attracting these tiny marvels to your backyard with native plants and Backyard Birds products, this episode is packed with insights and practical advice for nature enthusiasts. Join us as we marvel at the beauty and resilience of these delicate creatures, and don't forget to share your thoughts with us from wherever you are tuning in.   Your feedback fuels our passion for sharing the wonders of the natural world with listeners across 115 countries, all 50 states, and the vibrant communities of the Carolinas. Thank you for being part of The Backyard Naturalists family, and happy listening!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
23:13 3/23/24
Squirrel Wars: Keeping Bushy-Tailed Bandits Away from Bird Feeders
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show that delves into anything and everything connected with nature! Whether you’re a seasoned nature enthusiast or a curious novice, our podcast is your gateway to the wonders of your own outdoor space. Join us on a journey that celebrates the beauty of your backyard as we explore captivating topics. In this week’s episode, we tackle a common question: How do you keep those pesky squirrels away from bird feeders? Debbie and Laurie share affordable solutions and ideas to help our little bushy-tailed friends stay away from your bird food. Coffee Break with Good Cup Coffee Company: While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow them on Instagram and look for their booth at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market this Saturday morning. Connect with Us: Visit our website: The Backyard Naturalists Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Support Our Sponsor: Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds, at The Bird Food Store. Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte. It’s a mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers. Thank You for Listening: Thanks for tuning in to The Backyard Naturalists! We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! And don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast. Production Services: Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com. Happy listening!
11:21 3/16/24
Cicadas Unleashed: A Symphony of Wings
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the captivating podcast that delves into the wonders of nature! Broadcasting across 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the picturesque Carolinas, our show has garnered acclaim, including the prestigious Best of the Weeklies award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.   In this episode, we’re joined by the remarkable Lenny Lampel, a seasoned natural resources supervisor at Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec. Lenny wears another hat too: he’s a Central Carolina’s Master Naturalist. His and Debbie’s paths intertwined years ago when they were part of the inaugural graduating class.   Cicadas, those enigmatic insects, take center stage today. Their appearance is anything but ordinary—large, chunky, and with a distinct short body. But it’s their song that truly captivates. Imagine describing a cicada to someone who’s never encountered one—their buzzing, their rhythmic chorus. These creatures span the globe, their presence felt in every corner.   What ignites the collective fascination with cicadas? Lenny’s take is simple: “It’s fascinating.” Even the periodical cicadas, part of the magical genus known as “Magic Cicada”, evoke wonder. Whether you’re a seasoned nature enthusiast or a casual observer, cicadas demand attention.   And here’s the twist: 2024 is a special year. We’re witnessing the simultaneous emergence of two distinct broods of periodical cicadas. These remarkable insects are exclusive to the eastern and central United States, nowhere else on Earth. Researchers are on the edge of their seats, eager to witness the unfolding drama.   So, dear listeners, whether you’re sipping coffee in Charlotte, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, or strolling along the Carolina coast, join us as we explore the secret lives of cicadas. It’s a symphony of wings, a tale of survival, and a reminder that nature’s wonders are always in concert.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
24:11 3/9/24
Nighttime Symphony: Identifying the Nocturnal Calls of Nature
Welcome back, fellow nature enthusiasts, to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalist! We're thrilled to share that our podcast continues to soar, reaching over 50,000 listens spanning across all 50 states, 115 countries, and even resonating in the lush landscapes of Ireland and India.   Your support truly fuels our passion for exploring the wonders of the natural world. In this episode, titled "Things That Go Bump in the Night," we're embarking on an auditory adventure. Get ready to test your wildlife knowledge as we play a game together! Listen closely as we unveil audio clips of various creatures stirring under the moonlit sky. Can you identify them all? We can't wait to hear your guesses!   As always, we value your feedback and suggestions. Drop us a line to share where you're tuning in from and what aspects of our podcast you find most captivating. Let's continue this journey of discovery, one chirp, hoot, or rustle at a time. Happy listening, fellow Backyard Naturalists!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
16:14 3/2/24
Exploring the World's Largest Snakes with Reptile Expert Jay Bell
Thank you for joining us for another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, where we explore the wonders of the natural world. We're thrilled to have received comments and reviews from listeners all over the globe via Apple Podcasts! We're honored to be heard in 115 countries, all 50 states, and cherished throughout the Carolinas, and we're especially grateful for winning the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.   Our mission is to evoke those unforgettable "Whoa! Moments" in each episode, and today promises to be no exception. In this week's installment, hosts Debbie and Laurie are joined once again by reptile expert Jay Bell from Reptiles 101. Jay takes us on a fascinating journey into the realm of the world's largest snakes, including the awe-inspiring African Rock Python, the majestic King Cobra, and the impressive Reticulated Python, among others. He also sheds light on the distinctions between pythons and boas, offering valuable insights into these remarkable creatures.   If you're eager to learn more or would like to arrange for Jay to share his expertise with your class, birthday party, or event, feel free to reach out to him at (704) 907-0490.   Stay tuned for an episode filled with rapid-fire "Whoa's!" as we delve into the captivating world of reptiles.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   We start this episode by talking about creating wildlife habitats. That initial episode of Creating Wildlife Habitats is still in the top three listened episodes for us. These principles have overlapped with almost every episode we've had. It's a really good guiding network for us to keep in mind.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning.   
40:48 2/24/24
Another Look at Birdfeeding 101
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature. Sometimes, folks can get overwhelmed and confused when they begin the hobby of bird feeding. Which feeder should you buy? Is there a certain type of seed you should purchase? How much money should you invest? How do you keep predators (and squirrels) from your feeders? These are all question Laurie and her team hears every day at Backyard Birds and, in this episode of the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie offer answers to these, and a few other, questions. While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company in Matthews, North Carolina.   Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market this Saturday morning.  Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram. Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte. Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast. Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.
09:52 2/17/24
Do Animals Grieve? Exploring Emotions in the Wild
In this thought-provoking episode of The Backyard Naturalists, Monica McCoubrie, a distinguished wildlife educator from Nebraska Games and Parks, delves into the intriguing question: do animals grieve?   Join us as we explore the depths of animal emotions and behaviors, examining the signs of grief observed in various species. From dogs sensing loss to the complex emotional lives of creatures in the wild, Monica offers fascinating insights backed by scientific research. As we unravel the mysteries of animal grief, we invite listeners to share their own observations and experiences. Tune in as we embark on a journey to understand the intricate connections between humans and the natural world.   Don't forget to visit Nebraska Wildlife Education on Facebook for more captivating insights from Monica!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
27:26 2/10/24
Rescuing the Deep: A Dive into Sea Turtle Conservation with Kathy Zagzebski
Welcome, nature enthusiasts, to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! This week, join hosts Debbie and Laurie as they engage in a fascinating conversation with Kathy Zagzebski, the dedicated executive director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, situated just north of Wilmington, North Carolina.   Founded by the indomitable Jean Beasley, the center stands as a testament to a lifelong commitment to the well-being of sea turtles. Kathy sheds light on the center's mission, emphasizing the importance of education and sharing insights into the natural history of these majestic creatures. Discover how Karen and Jean immersed themselves in sea turtle conservation, and learn about the vital role the center plays in treating and rehabilitating injured turtles.   Tune in to explore the profound connection between humanity and the sea, and don't forget to check out the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center's Amazon wish list or share some love via Venmo.   As always, we want to hear from our global community of listeners - let us know where you're tuning in from and what aspects of the podcast resonate with you. Join us in celebrating the wonders of the natural world on The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast that transcends borders and brings nature closer to home.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
33:47 2/3/24
Nature's Tapestry Unveiled: The Intriguing Journey of Life's End in the Wild
Welcome, nature enthusiasts, to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! We're thrilled to be reaching listeners in 115 countries, all 50 states, and across the beautiful Carolinas. A proud recipient of the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, our podcast continues to explore the wonders of nature.   This week, hosts Debbie and Laurie dive into a thought-provoking conversation with the esteemed Monica Macoubrie from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Returning for the third time, Monica sheds light on the intriguing topic of what unfolds in the wild when life comes to an end.   From the intricacies of decomposition to the role of scavengers like foxes and vultures, we embark on a journey through the stages of this natural process. Join us in unraveling the mysteries of nature's recycling system, from the fresh state to the fascinating world of anaerobic microbes. It's an evolutionary arms race, and we're here to guide you through the wonders that occur when something dies in the wild.   As always, we invite our cherished listeners to share their thoughts—tell us where you're from and what aspects of the podcast you find most enthralling. Your feedback fuels our passion for exploring the great outdoors!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
18:17 1/27/24
Flight of the Ospreys: Dr. Rob Bierregaard Unveils Nature's Fish-Loving Aviators
In this riveting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, we delve into the awe-inspiring world of ospreys with our esteemed guest, Dr. Rob Bierregaard, a distinguished research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences.   Dr. Bierregaard's passion for raptors is contagious, and today, we shift our focus from the haunting calls of barred owls to the magnificent ospreys. Discover the remarkable journey of ospreys, once decimated by DDT in New England, now thriving with over 112 pairs nesting on Martha's Vineyard. Dr. Bierregaard, who equipped these birds with radios to trace their migrations, unveils the incredible life story of these fish-loving predators, boasting one of the widest global distributions among all bird species.   From their breeding grounds spanning the globe to astonishing lifespans—like a Scottish female osprey that raised an impressive 50 young—this episode promises a soaring exploration of nature's resilience.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   We start this episode by talking about creating wildlife habitats. That initial episode of Creating Wildlife Habitats is still in the top three listened episodes for us. These principles have overlapped with almost every episode we've had. It's a really good guiding network for us to keep in mind.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning.   
25:57 1/20/24
Wild Conversations with Stan Tekiela: Exploring North America's Black Bears and Beyond
Whether you're a first-time listener or a loyal supporter, welcome back to The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast that explores the wonders of nature. We're thrilled to have you with us in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the picturesque Carolinas. A huge shoutout to our amazing listeners for helping us secure the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.   In today's episode, we're delighted to welcome back naturalist Stan Tekiela, a true expert in his field. Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of black bears and more. Did you know there are three bear species in North America? Stan will unravel the mysteries surrounding black bears, their diet, and their current population status. We'll also chat about his latest book, "Bears of North America," and discover how you can purchase stunning photographs and captivating sound recordings at naturesmart.com. Don't miss out – tune in, explore, and let us know your thoughts!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   We start this episode by talking about creating wildlife habitats. That initial episode of Creating Wildlife Habitats is still in the top three listened episodes for us. These principles have overlapped with almost every episode we've had. It's a really good guiding network for us to keep in mind.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
28:26 1/13/24
Uncoiling the Mystery: Burmese Pythons in the Everglades with Captain Rusty Shaw
Greetings, nature enthusiasts! In this riveting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, we embark on a captivating exploration of the complex issue surrounding Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Join us as Captain Rusty Shaw, a distinguished member of the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Venom One Response Team, sheds light on the challenges posed by these invasive snakes.   From unraveling the mysteries of their introduction to the Everglades to estimating their burgeoning population, Captain Shaw provides invaluable insights. Tune in to discover the intricacies of the Florida Python Challenge, an annual endeavor by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) aimed at addressing this ecological concern.   Our conversation with Captain Rusty Shaw unveils the fascinating world of Burmese pythons in the Everglades, offering a unique perspective on the delicate balance between nature and invasive species. Don't miss this episode that delves into the heart of wildlife management and conservation efforts in one of America's most iconic ecosystems.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
23:20 1/6/24
Feathers and Facts: Unveiling the Avian Mysteries with Stan Tekiela - Uncommon Insights into Common Birds
Welcome, Backyard Naturalists! In this special episode, we're thrilled to have the incredible Stan Tekiela join us, a true Renaissance man in the world of nature. With over 40 years of experience as a naturalist, Stan brings a wealth of knowledge to our backyard. A gifted photographer, tour leader, and columnist in more than 20 newspapers, his biweekly column reaches over 750,000 readers.   Brace yourselves, listeners, as Stan is also the author of an astounding 190 books and CDs, not to mention his extensive wildlife sounds library. Today, we dive into the fascinating realm of uncommon facts about common birds, a topic inspired by Laurie's encounter with Stan at a conference. Get ready to be tested and amazed as we explore the avian world with a true expert.   Join us in welcoming Stan Tekiela to The Backyard Naturalists podcast—where curiosity takes flight!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
32:30 12/16/23
Mistletoe Unveiled: Nature's Stealthy Parasite
Welcome to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! In this week's exploration of the wonders of nature, hosts Debbie and Laurie (joined by Chris) delve into the intriguing world of mistletoe, a parasitic plant with more than 1500 species found globally.   Tune in as they unravel the mysteries surrounding this unique plant, its diverse host trees, and the varying impacts it can have on its hosts – sometimes benign, other times detrimental. Forget the plastic versions from Hobby Lobby; discover the real, year-round presence of mistletoe in the wild. Join us on this botanical journey and gain a deeper appreciation for the hidden stories within our natural surroundings. And, of course, learn more than just the tradition of a kiss beneath the mistletoe.   Happy listening, nature enthusiasts!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
16:07 12/9/23
Connecting Nature's Dots with Lynn Rivera of Carolina Thread Trail
Welcome back, nature enthusiasts! In this week's episode of The Backyard Naturalists, hosts Debbie and Laurie embark on an enlightening conversation with Lynn Rivera, the Trail Master at Carolina Thread Trail.   Join us as we dive into the expansive world of this remarkable project, originally conceived to weave an intricate network of trails throughout the 15-county metro Charlotte area, reaching into South Carolina. With 300 miles of trails already established, the ambitious goal is to create a staggering 1600 miles of interconnected wow trails across all counties.   Lynn sheds light on the challenges and triumphs of this monumental endeavor, from connecting existing trails to navigating legal intricacies and real estate matters. Discover more about the Carolina Thread Trail's dedication to building, preserving, and connecting our natural landscapes. For additional information and to support their mission, visit carolinathreadtrail.org.   Tune in and be inspired by the dedication to nature that echoes across 115 countries, 50 states, and resonates deeply within the Carolinas. Don't miss this fascinating exploration of the great outdoors.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
22:24 12/2/23
Celebrating the Season: The Christmas Tree Chronicles
Welcome to a special seasonal episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! In this episode, we delve into the age-old debate of artificial vs. real Christmas trees. As we explore the ecological impact, we discover that artificial trees, despite their convenience, have a threefold negative impact on climate change and resource depletion, and they often end up in landfills. But fear not, we'll share a way to mitigate these drawbacks if you still prefer an artificial tree.   It's fascinating to learn how Christmas tree farming is a thriving part of the economy, with over 15,000 tree farms across the US. These sustainable crops might just change the way you see your holiday centerpiece. Plus, we uncover a heartwarming survey result: those who cut their own trees are more likely to create new holiday traditions with family. Tune in to explore the fascinating world of Christmas trees, their impact on our planet, and the heartwarming traditions they inspire.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.     Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
11:06 11/25/23
How 'Bout Them Armadillos? Exploring the Fascinating World of Nature's Little Armored One
Welcome to a brand new episode of The Backyard Naturalists, the show that brings the wonders of nature to your ears. We're thrilled to have you joining us from 115 countries, all 50 states, and our beautiful Carolinas. We're particularly excited about today's episode as we welcome back our friend, Marvin Bouknight, the host of "Walkin' on the Wild Side" podcast. In this episode, Debbie and Laurie dive deep into the intriguing world of armadillos, or as Debbie and Chris affectionately call them, "possums on the half shell."   What makes an armadillo an armadillo? Tune in to find out as we explore their various species, life expectancy, habitat, and reproductive habits. We'll even discuss whether they pose any health risks to humans and offer insights on how to identify these unique creatures if they happen to wander into your backyard. So, grab your headphones, settle in, and let's embark on this armadillo adventure together!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
31:37 11/18/23
Venom One Response Team: Unmasking the Heroes of Snakebite Rescue
Welcome to a captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! In this week's installment, hosts Debbie and Laurie delve into the intriguing world of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom One Response Team.   Joining them is the distinguished Captain Rusty Shaw, who provides invaluable insights into the team's origin, mission, and the remarkable individuals who make it all possible. Tune in as they explore the rigorous training and background requirements that equip these heroes for their vital roles, and discover the expansive service area of Venom One.   Captain Shaw's expertise extends to venomous snakes not only in the United States but across the globe, offering a fascinating education in these enigmatic creatures. As the episode unfolds, you'll gain a profound understanding of the critical work this team undertakes and the extraordinary responsibilities they bear.   Don't miss this riveting conversation, shedding light on the heroes who protect us from the dangers of venomous wildlife. The Backyard Naturalists podcast is proud to bring you stories like this that celebrate the wonders of the natural world.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
26:51 11/11/23
Urban Encounters: Barred Owls in Your Backyard
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast, the show that explores everything nature-related, reaching listeners in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the beautiful Carolinas. We're thrilled to have been recognized with the Best of the Weeklies podcast award by the readers of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.   In this week's episode, we're diving into the world of barred owls in urban settings. If you've ever spotted one of these majestic birds in your city or town, you're in for a treat. Join us as Dr. Rob Bierregaard, a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences and former visiting distinguished research professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, shares his extensive research on barred owls in urban environments. Dr. Bierregaard's insights shed light on these fascinating creatures and their adaptability to our changing world.   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
27:42 11/4/23
Trees, Tips, and Insights with Brad Caudle
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast that explores the wonders of nature. We're thrilled to bring you today's episode, all about trees! As we dive into the world of trees, our guest, Brad Caudle, the Master Arborist and landscape manager for the town of Matthews, will be sharing his expert insights on tree planting and care. In this enlightening conversation, we tackle questions like, "Are there trees that are simply overused in landscaping?" and "What's the earliest and latest times for planting trees in the Charlotte area?" Brad reminds us of the importance of site evaluation - is it a sunny or shady spot? What are your goals for the tree you're planting? Join us as we uncover the secrets to nurturing thriving trees and creating a more vibrant natural world in your own backyard. Thank you for joining us on The Backyard Naturalists, a podcast cherished by nature enthusiasts in 107 countries, all 50 states, and especially across the beautiful Carolinas. We're honored to have been awarded Best of the Weeklies podcast, and we couldn't have done it without our incredible audience. So, grab your earbuds and get ready to embark on a tree-filled journey with Brad Caudle. It's time to embrace the green and leafy world of trees! If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you. Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram. Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte. Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast. Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com. While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
30:29 10/28/23
It's Fall, y'all!
Welcome to a fresh, fall-inspired episode of The Backyard Naturalists, the award-winning podcast that connects nature lovers worldwide. Debbie and Laurie are your guides as they embrace the changing seasons and what it means for our local wildlife habitats.   As we transition into autumn, they explore the surprising ways we can support our feathered friends with bird feeders and natural food sources from our gardens. Bird migration is in full swing, and leaves are starting to fall. But here's the twist - this is a great time to plant and embrace a little 'wildness' in our landscapes.   Join us as we discuss the beauty of messiness in nature and the seven species that depend on us leaving the leaves. Tune in and let's welcome fall in the Carolinas!   If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   We start this episode by talking about creating wildlife habitats. That initial episode of Creating Wildlife Habitats is still in the top three listened episodes for us. These principles have overlapped with almost every episode we've had. It's a really good guiding network for us to keep in mind.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning. 
20:30 10/21/23
Sustainable Gardening and Habitat Certification: Launching Season 3 with The Backyard Naturalists
Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, the ultimate destination for all things connected with nature! We're thrilled to have listeners tuning in from 107 countries, all 50 states, and our beloved Carolinas. We're especially honored to share that The Backyard Naturalist has been recognized with the Best of the Weeklies podcast award by the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.   In this episode, hosts Debbie and Laurie bring you the grand finale of their series on crafting your own natural wildlife habitat through sustainable gardening practices. But that's not all – they'll also guide you through the registration process. Tune in as they dive deep into the five criteria crucial for certifying your natural wildlife habitat, setting the stage for an exciting third season of our award-winning and internationally acclaimed podcast.   Thank you for joining us on this journey to connect with and preserve the wonders of the natural world! If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.   Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com/. A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.   Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.   Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to info@downtownpodcasting.com.   While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning.   
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