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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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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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Unintended Travelers: The Story of Invasive Species, Part 1

6/22/2024
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the award-winning podcast about anything and everything connected with nature, heard in 115 countries, 50 states, and all throughout the Carolinas. Honored with the Best of the Weeklies podcast award by the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, we bring you engaging and educational content each week. In this episode, Laurie and Debbie delve into the fascinating and often troubling world of invasive species in part one of this series. Discover how these unintended travelers, such as the house finch, have been introduced to new areas, often unintentionally by human actions. The house finch, for instance, was illegally brought from the western U.S. to the East Coast to be sold as caged birds in the 1940s. After being released, they spread rapidly across the region. Laurie and Debbie discuss the significant ecological consequences of such introductions and the urgent need for more effective treatments to control these problematic invaders. Learn about the impact of human activities on the spread of invasive species and the importance of preserving our native 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.

Duration:00:22:57

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Discovering Nature with Essential Apps: Audubon, iNaturalist, and Merlin

6/15/2024
Welcome to a special re-run of one of our most popular episodes of The Backyard Naturalists, your favorite podcast about everything connected with nature! Broadcasting across 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the Carolinas, our award-winning show, honored by the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, delights and educates 64,000 regular listeners every week. In this episode, we dive into the world of nature apps that can transform your outdoor experiences. Join Laurie, Debbie, and Chris as they explore three fantastic tools: Audubon, iNaturalist, and Merlin. Audubon offers stunning photos, bite-sized learning opportunities, and daily highlights of different birds. With field guides, bird songs, and recent sightings, it’s a perfect companion for bird enthusiasts. iNaturalist is your go-to app for identifying birds, insects, plants, and more. Simply upload a photo, and the app uses location and date to provide accurate IDs, helping you discover the diverse wildlife around you. Merlin is an interactive bird ID app where you input location, date, size, color, and behavior of a bird to get likely options. The hosts especially love the sound ID feature, which helps you uncover birds you might not have noticed otherwise. All these apps are free and highly recommended by our hosts. Start with your local area and see what amazing discoveries await you right in your backyard. Happy exploring! Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and Instagram. 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.

Duration:00:18:17

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From Hesitation to Celebration: The Unlikely Rise of The Backyard Naturalists

6/8/2024
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, your go-to podcast for anything and everything connected with nature! Broadcasting across 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the Carolinas, our award-winning show, honored by the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, delights and educates 64,000 regular listeners every week. Join Laurie, Debbie, and Chris every Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. EDT as they dive into the wonders of the natural world, often recording from vibrant outdoor locations like local farmers markets. In this week's episode, Laurie and Debbie reminisce about the early days of the podcast, initially hesitant but soon thrilled by its unexpected popularity. Tune in to hear engaging conversations with expert guests like J. Bell, a reptile specialist, and botanist Lisa Tompkins, who share invaluable insights on topics ranging from snake care to gardening tips. Discover how the podcast's unique approach and the dedicated listener community have created a global family, inspired by nature and driven by curiosity. Don't miss the heartwarming stories of listeners whose lives have been touched by the show, and get excited for future plans including potential meetup events to bring our community even closer. Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or just beginning your journey, The Backyard Naturalists promises to educate, entertain, and connect you with the natural world in new and exciting ways. 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.

Duration:00:32:47

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Invasive Reptiles in North Carolina: Expert Insights with Jay Bell

6/1/2024
Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, your award-winning podcast about anything and everything related to nature! Heard in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the Carolinas, we're thrilled to have you join us. We're also proud recipients of the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly. In this episode, we're excited to welcome back Reptile Expert Jay Bell from Reptiles 101. As a flock member, Jay has shared his knowledge with us in over three episodes, and we're always eager to hear his insights. Today, Jay joins hosts Debbie and Laurie to discuss the invasive reptile species of North Carolina and their impact on local ecosystems. In this episode, you'll learn about: · The Texas horned lizard· The red-eared slider turtle· The tegu lizard· The house gecko· The hammerhead slug Jay describes the appearance, habitat, and impacts of each invasive species, highlighting the risks they pose to native wildlife by outcompeting them for food, water, and shelter. Tune in to find out what you can do to help control the spread of these invasive species and protect North Carolina's native reptiles. 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 stay informed! 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.

Duration:00:39:52

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Bat House Basics: Eco-Friendly Mosquito Control

5/25/2024
Welcome to another informative episode of The Backyard Naturalists, the award-winning podcast heard in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the Carolinas. We're proud to have won the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly! In this episode, we explore an environmentally friendly way to control mosquitoes: bats! Our hosts delve into the benefits of attracting bats to your yard, such as natural mosquito control and pollination, and provide expert tips on building and installing bat houses. Key Points: · Bats are fantastic for controlling mosquitoes—one brown bat can eat over 1,000 mosquitoes in a single night! · Bats also aid in pollination, benefiting your garden. · Optimal bat house design features a 4-chamber structure. · Ensure bat houses receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. · Mount bat houses 10-20 feet off the ground and 20-30 feet away from trees to avoid predators. · Use buildings or poles for mounting, not trees. · Paint the interior dark (brown or dark gray) but avoid oil-based paints. Exterior color should match your climate's July temperatures. · Install bat houses by late winter before the breeding season. Caulk the sides to prevent drafts. · Use rot-resistant wood like cedar, black locust, white oak, or reclaimed barn wood for durability. · JJoin us as we guide you through creating a welcoming habitat for these beneficial creatures and transform your yard into a mosquito-free zone! 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 bat-watching! 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.

Duration:00:21:03

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Owl Adventures: Boosting Your Backyard with Barred Owl Boxes!

5/18/2024
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.

Duration:00:16:48

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Cicada Symphony: Exploring Nature's Noisy Invasion

5/11/2024
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.

Duration:00:20:11

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Unraveling Bird Myths: Debunking 'Bird Brain,' Baby Birds, and Monogamy

5/4/2024
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.

Duration:00:23:20

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Bird Feeding 2.0: Elevating Your Backyard Aviary

4/27/2024
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.

Duration:00:39:25

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Reviving the Skies: The California Condor Conservation Journey

4/20/2024
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.

Duration:00:27:39

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Planet versus Plastics: Earth Day 2024 Special

4/13/2024
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.

Duration:00:13:23

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Restoring Nature's Balance: A Conversation with Shubber Ali, CEO of Garden for Wildlife

4/6/2024
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.

Duration:00:27:17

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Spring 2024 Plant Sales

3/30/2024
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.

Duration:00:21:54

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Flight of Wonders: Exploring the World of Hummingbirds

3/23/2024
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.

Duration:00:23:13

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Squirrel Wars: Keeping Bushy-Tailed Bandits Away from Bird Feeders

3/16/2024
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: The Backyard Naturalists 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!

Duration:00:11:21

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Cicadas Unleashed: A Symphony of Wings

3/9/2024
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.

Duration:00:24:11

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Nighttime Symphony: Identifying the Nocturnal Calls of Nature

3/2/2024
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.

Duration:00:16:14

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Exploring the World's Largest Snakes with Reptile Expert Jay Bell

2/24/2024
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.

Duration:00:40:48

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Another Look at Birdfeeding 101

2/17/2024
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.

Duration:00:09:52

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Do Animals Grieve? Exploring Emotions in the Wild

2/10/2024
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.

Duration:00:27:26