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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!

Feb 26, 2022


A familiar sight for folks walking on the 4-Mile Creek Greenway in Matthews is the owl box, on the side of a house, near the boardwalk bridge. In this week’s episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie talk to the homeowner, wildlife biologist and fellow naturalist, David Crowe about attracting owls and wildlife into his natural wildlife habitat.  

David has worked at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, has researched owls in Wyoming, and worked as a field biologist for the Florida Game and Wildlife Commission. Currently, David and his family live in Matthews, NC where operates Critter Control of Charlotte.  

Listen in as David shares his experiences hosting families of barred owls over the years in a box, on the side of his garage. He offers a few of his mistakes and successes, as well as tidbits of knowledge on how you can invite wildlife into your environment and natural habitat.  

Our hosts Debbie and Laurie share an impressive list of certifications between them such as Debbie being a Master Naturalist with the Central Carolinas Master Naturalist Program, both being Audubon Ambassadors and various certifications and affiliations with the National Wildlife Federation and North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Debbie currently serves as the Chair for the Town of Matthews Appearance/Tree Advisory Committee.

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