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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!

Dec 9, 2023

Welcome to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! In this week's exploration of the wonders of nature, hosts Debbie and Laurie (joined by Chris) delve into the intriguing world of mistletoe, a parasitic plant with more than 1500 species found globally.


Tune in as they unravel the mysteries surrounding this unique plant, its diverse host trees, and the varying impacts it can have on its hosts – sometimes benign, other times detrimental. Forget the plastic versions from Hobby Lobby; discover the real, year-round presence of mistletoe in the wild. Join us on this botanical journey and gain a deeper appreciation for the hidden stories within our natural surroundings. And, of course, learn more than just the tradition of a kiss beneath the mistletoe.


Happy listening, nature enthusiasts!


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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.