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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!

Jan 6, 2024

Greetings, nature enthusiasts! In this riveting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, we embark on a captivating exploration of the complex issue surrounding Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Join us as Captain Rusty Shaw, a distinguished member of the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Venom One Response Team, sheds light on the challenges posed by these invasive snakes.


From unraveling the mysteries of their introduction to the Everglades to estimating their burgeoning population, Captain Shaw provides invaluable insights. Tune in to discover the intricacies of the Florida Python Challenge, an annual endeavor by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) aimed at addressing this ecological concern.


Our conversation with Captain Rusty Shaw unveils the fascinating world of Burmese pythons in the Everglades, offering a unique perspective on the delicate balance between nature and invasive species. Don't miss this episode that delves into the heart of wildlife management and conservation efforts in one of America's most iconic ecosystems.


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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.