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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 13, 2021


When you begin the conversation around nature and wildlife, trees certainly rise to the top of the list of subjects. That’s why this week, The Backyard Naturalists decided to give Ralph Ramsaur a call, and start talking trees.

Ralph is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and currently serves as the Town of Matthews, NC Landscape Manager and Town Arborist. He’s also the staff liaison on the Town’s Appearance and Tree Advisory Committee and in his free time, maintains the Town’s “Tree City USA” program, which has been in place for over 21 years.

In this first of two episodes with Ralph, Debbie and Laurie frame the conversation around his experience, credentials, favorite (and not so favorite) trees and where and when to start the planting process.

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