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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!

Nov 18, 2023

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!


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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.


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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.