The Backyard Naturalists-logo

The Backyard Naturalists

Education Podcasts

The Backyard Naturalists podcast is geared toward nature lovers of all kinds, from beginners to those with more experience. We have a very diverse lineup of topics planned for you, such as what you can do in your own yard to enhance the habitat for the creatures who live there, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist, using native plants, which snakes live in our area, how to attract specific birds, common and uncommon raptors in the greater Charlotte region, spring and fall migration season for birds, plants for butterflies and much more!

The Backyard Naturalists podcast is geared toward nature lovers of all kinds, from beginners to those with more experience. We have a very diverse lineup of topics planned for you, such as what you can do in your own yard to enhance the habitat for the creatures who live there, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist, using native plants, which snakes live in our area, how to attract specific birds, common and uncommon raptors in the greater Charlotte region, spring and fall migration season for birds, plants for butterflies and much more!

Location:

United States

Description:

The Backyard Naturalists podcast is geared toward nature lovers of all kinds, from beginners to those with more experience. We have a very diverse lineup of topics planned for you, such as what you can do in your own yard to enhance the habitat for the creatures who live there, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist, using native plants, which snakes live in our area, how to attract specific birds, common and uncommon raptors in the greater Charlotte region, spring and fall migration season for birds, plants for butterflies and much more!

Language:

English


Episodes

Cloister Honey

5/21/2022
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast. The show about anything and everything connected with nature. In this week’s episode, Randall York with Cloister Honey joins Debbie and Laurie to talk about the organization was founded from a simple Christmas gift from his wife, Joanne, back in 2007. Cloister Honey has received awards and honors from Southern Living, Our State Magazine and Charlotte Magazine and their products are carried by retailers such as William Sonoma, Whole Foods,...

Duration:00:32:09

Dr. Bill Hilton, Jr. & Hilton Pond Center

5/14/2022
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast. The show about anything and everything connected with nature. Debbie and Laurie, The Backyard Naturalists are absolutely thrilled for this weeks episode as they host and welcome Dr. Bill Hilton, Jr. to the show. Bill is the Executive Director of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, which is located in York, South Carolina. He's also the principal investigator for Operation Ruby Throat, the hummingbird project. He was twice...

Duration:00:42:03

The Botanical Gardens at UNCC with Dr. Jeff Gillman

5/7/2022
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast, the podcast about anything and everything connected with nature. In this week’s installment, Debbie and Laurie call Dr. Jeff Gillman, PHD to talk with him about the Botanical Gardens at UNCC. “Jeff has a Master’s degree in Entomology and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Georgia. He is the author of five books on gardening and the environment, a Contributing Editor to Fine Gardening Magazine, and has appeared on such shows as...

Duration:00:24:11

Bird Migration with Tony

4/30/2022
This week, The Backyard Naturalists welcome Tony Lombardino back to the show for a conversation around the topic of bird migration. If you’ll remember, Debbie and Laurie hosted Tony earlier this year for an installment on Bird Identification. Tony kicks off the episode explaining the ultimate and evolutionary reason why birds migrate. He discusses the ability birds possess to allow them to return to the same nesting location each year, where various species migrate to and from and...

Duration:00:32:34

Pests with David

4/23/2022
David Crowe returns to the show this week with a fun and entertain conversation about pests around you home. From the most destructive to the most harmful, he walks you through a few ideas and solutions to keep your home free of pesky (and expensive) creatures. David has worked at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, has researched owls in Wyoming, and worked as a field biologist for the Florida Game and Wildlife Commission. Currently David and his family lives in Matthews,...

Duration:00:21:40

Earth Day 2022

4/16/2022
Earth Day 2022 is coming up Friday, April 23 and in this installment of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie offer you few facts, figures and statistics about Earth Day. They also review 27 inexpensive (and sometimes free) ways and methods for you to observe and celebrate the 52 Earth Day. 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...

Duration:00:25:49

Animal Myths with Monica

4/9/2022
Monica Macoubrie with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission returns to The Backyard Naturalists podcast to share a few incredibly interesting (and a few fascinating) animal myths with us. Can owls really spin their head, all the way around? Will a porcupine shoot quills at you from thirty paces? Will you really swallow twenty spiders during your lifetime while you sleep? Once you’ve listened to this episode, make sure check out Nebraska Wildlife Education on the Web, Facebook,...

Duration:00:20:47

Here Come the Hummers

4/2/2022
For some wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us . . . hummingbirds will be back soon! In this installment of the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie spend a few minutes sharing interesting facts and figures about hummingbirds, courtesy of Cornell’s, Birds of North America Online. They also share with you a list of native plants you can incorporate into your natural wildlife habitat to attract hummingbirds. In the second half...

Duration:00:22:30

Native Plants with Lisa (Part 2)

3/26/2022
Last week, The Backyard Naturalists kicked off a 2-part series on Native Plants with our, “go-to guru”, Lisa Tompkins of Carolina Heritage Nursery. Lisa, along with our hosts Debbie and Laurie, shared with us their thoughts and ideas around the benefits of including native plants in your natural wildlife habitat. They even shared a few of their favorites for both shade and sun. This week, we receive a wealth of information about various guides, websites, resources and books on native...

Duration:00:38:28

Native Plants with Lisa (Part 1)

3/19/2022
A few weeks ago, we enjoyed having Dr. Carrie DeJaco, Ph.D. on the show for an episode about invasive plants. If you’ll remember, Carrie’s Facebook and website both offer comprehensive lists and detailed information on invasive plants and their impact on your natural habitat. This week, we thought we’d travel to the opposite end of the spectrum and ask Lisa Tompkins to stop by for a conversation on native plants and the positive impact and rewards they offer. Lisa owns and operates...

Duration:00:37:16

Bird Identification with Tony

3/5/2022
Bird watchers and lovers of any level are in for a treat this week as Debbie and Laurie welcome bird expert Tony Lombardino to the show. Tony has a PhD in Neuroscience and studied how the brains of birds allowed them to sing and produce their songs in adulthood. He researched and studied songbird neurobiology for twelve years and has taught high school and college courses in biology and psychology. Tony has led bird walks for the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University and hosts our...

Duration:00:32:16

Owls on My Garage with David

2/26/2022
A familiar sight for folks walking on the 4-Mile Creek Greenway in Matthews is the owl box, on the side of a house, near the boardwalk bridge. In this week’s episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie talk to the homeowner, wildlife biologist and fellow naturalist, David Crowe about attracting owls and wildlife into his natural wildlife habitat. David has worked at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, has researched owls in Wyoming, and worked as a field...

Duration:00:18:59

Laurie Remembers Homesteading in Alaska

2/12/2022
Laurie owns and operates our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to nature and wildlife, especially birds, bird seed, bird feeders, bird baths, nesting boxes, wind chimes, etc. Well, did you know, she spent about 12 years of her life, growing up as a homesteader in Alaska? In this episode of The Backyard Naturalists, Laurie moves from the co-host chair, to the chair guests normally sit in, to have a conversation with Debbie and Chris about...

Duration:00:41:06

Animal Love with Monica

2/5/2022
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and, in this episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, we’re talking about love, in the animal kingdom. Monica Macoubrie is a Wildlife Education Specialists with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and she shares some of the most informative (and sometimes hilarious) stories about animal love. What do animals do to attract mates? Some birds have pretty fancy dance moves to entertain females. Do you know which furry little mammal gives out...

Duration:00:18:35

Invasive Plants with Dr. Carrie DeJaco, Ph.D.

1/29/2022
The Backyard Naturalists are absolutely thrilled to feature Dr. Carrie, DeJaco, Ph.D. on this episode to have a conversation about invasive plants. Dr. DeJaco is an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. She also holds a B. A. and Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Louisville. Carrie loves using Pfeiffer's extensive Misenheimer campus as an outdoor classroom in which her students can conduct projects with invasive...

Duration:00:36:19

The Great Backyard Bird Count

1/22/2022
The Great Backyard Bird Count began in 1998 and quickly became one of The Backyard Naturalists favorite events and times of the year. Serving as a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and Cornell’s Ornithology Lab, the Great Backyard Bird Count is a community science project to collect data on wild birds, on an international basis. If you’re a first-timer or new to birdwatching, it’s quite alright. Being a professional bird watcher certainly isn’t a requirement to...

Duration:00:26:45

Hawks with Steve

1/8/2022
Debbie and Laurie, The Backyard Naturalists, welcome Steve Hughes back to the show but, this time, they’re talking about hawks. The biggest and the smallest. What they eat. Where they live. What’s presents the biggest danger to hawks? Steve is a wealth of information, not only about hawks, but all birds pf prey. Listen as The Backyard Naturalists learn from Steve, one of the areas most renowned experts on birds pf prey. Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and...

Duration:00:21:21

What to do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

1/1/2022
With the holidays now behind us, lots of folks are trying to decide what to do with their real and artificial Christmas trees. In this episode of The Backyard Naturalists, Debbie and Laurie talk about great ideas and suggestions on what to do with yours. If you have a way to dispose of your tree that enhances your natural wildlife habitat, we’d love to hear from you. Leave your solution in the comments section. Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and...

Duration:00:08:22

The Mailbag Episode

12/18/2021
You’ve got questions and The Backyard Naturalists have answers! In our first “Mailbag Episode” Debbie and Laurie answer a few questions submitted by their listeners via social media and email. 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,...

Duration:00:39:55

Owls with Wildlife Educator Steve Hughes

12/11/2021
When Debbie and Laurie were brainstorming about guests to have on The Backyard Naturalists podcast, Wildlife educator and naturalist Steve Hughes quickly rose to the top of the list. The bio on Steve’s website certainly summarizes Steve in that he’s “a native Charlottean who has spent his life in the outdoors. The experience and knowledge he has gained over the years as a naturalist and wildlife artist has provided him with countless opportunities to educate others as to the importance...

Duration:00:19:48