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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!

Jul 1, 2023

Welcome to a thought-provoking episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! This week, we delve into a topic that has gained significant attention in recent years—the harmful effects of fireworks. As we approach the 4th of July, a cherished celebration in the United States, we cannot ignore the impact these dazzling displays have on pets, wildlife, and nature itself. While picnics, cookouts, and pool parties have become synonymous with this holiday, fireworks have also become an integral part of the tradition. However, the consequences of their use extend far beyond mere entertainment.


During this episode, we explore the multifaceted effects of fireworks on various populations. Initially, our focus was on the detrimental impact on wildlife. However, as we delved deeper into the subject, we discovered that the repercussions are far-reaching, affecting both animals and people. It's alarming to note that the highest number of lost pets occurs on New Year's Eve and the 4th of July, precisely when fireworks are at their peak. The startling shockwaves and noise caused by fireworks can cause wildlife to flee, often leading them to unexpected areas or even onto roadways, putting their lives at risk. Additionally, birds may abandon their nests, leaving vulnerable young ones exposed to predators.


In this episode, we aim to shed light on these issues and explore potential solutions. Join us as we discuss ways to mitigate the harmful effects of fireworks and find alternatives that allow us to celebrate responsibly while minimizing the impact on our furry friends, natural habitats, and the wider community. By raising awareness and understanding the consequences of our actions, we can make informed choices that promote harmony between human celebrations and the delicate balance of nature. Tune in as we explore these important topics and discover how we can make a positive difference.


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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.