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The Backyard Naturalists podcasts 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!

Apr 1, 2023

Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.

Birdsong is studied in contrast to other vocalizations that are referred to as calls. The song is the much longer vocalization typically given by the male. Females sing in many species, but not as much as males. It can be very rewarding to determine how complex the vocalizations are.

For about half the species of songbirds in the world they go through a learning process while they're young and in the nest. The learning of the songs is a model for human language learning and there are some really uncanny parallels. Other organisms that also learn their vocalizations include seals and bats and what else?

Birds have a vocal organ called a syrinx rather than a larynx. How does the brain control the muscles in that organ? And the song learners have additional brain regions that deal with learning the song. This discovery has many medical implications.

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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.