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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!

Jun 4, 2022


Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast about anything and everything related to nature.

In this week’s episode, Debbie and Laurie have a conversation with Conservation District Manager, Leslie Vanden Herik around the history, purpose and offerings of the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District, including conservation, planning and technical assistance, as well as their cost share and financial assistance programs.

The mission of the Mecklenburg Soil & Water Conservation District is to conserve and improve soil, water, and related resources within Mecklenburg County watersheds for all current and future land users by promoting, implementing, and publicizing programs built on best management practices.

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