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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 4, 2023

Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.


During this week’s episode, Debbie and Laurie revisit a couple topics from shows past to get an update and current information. As promised, links to the follow up information is below.


2023 Great Backyard Bird Count


  • To listen to our previous episode, click here.
  • For information about this year’s event, click here.


Chronic Wasting Disease


  • To listen to our podcast episode with Moriah Bogges, click here.
  • During this week’s episode, Debbie and Laurie give you an update on the number of cases in North Carolina.
  • According to the Duluth News Tribune, the United States Congress recently passed the Chronic Wasting Disease and Management Act. Read the story here.
  • Watch the two videos from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, here.


The Red Wolf Recovery Project


  • To listen the referenced episode, click here.
  • For the link to the cameras to get a bird’s eye view, click here.


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Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of Charlotte.


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.


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.