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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!

Aug 12, 2023

In this exciting new episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, we welcome back a familiar face and a renowned wildlife expert, Ruby Davis. As the wildlife rehabilitation director and wildlife biologist at the Carolina Wildlife Conservation Center, Ruby brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. We can't emphasize enough the importance of seeking professional help from licensed wildlife rehabilitators like Ruby when encountering injured or distressed animals, as attempting to intervene without proper expertise can be detrimental.

During our delightful conversation, we delve into one of Ruby's favorite animals, the skunk. Join Debbie, Laurie, and Ruby as they unveil fascinating facts about these intriguing creatures, beyond their well-known defense mechanism. Contrary to common misconceptions, skunks are gentle and non-confrontational beings. Ruby sheds light on their unique defense strategies and explains why respecting their space is crucial for harmonious coexistence with all wildlife.

The Backyard Naturalists podcast takes pride in bringing you engaging content that celebrates the wonders of nature, and this episode is no exception. Whether you're an avid wildlife enthusiast or simply curious about the secrets of skunks, you're sure to find this episode both enlightening and entertaining. Join us as we learn from Ruby's highly specialized skills and passion for wildlife conservation.

Don't miss this enriching episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, available for listeners in 107 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the beautiful Carolinas. As an award-winning Best of the Weeklies podcast, we aim to provide you with captivating conversations about anything and everything connected with nature. Tune in now and embrace the wild side of life with Ruby and our vibrant podcasting team!

If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.

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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. 

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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.