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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!

Jun 29, 2024

Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the award-winning podcast about anything and everything connected with nature, heard in 115 countries, 50 states, and all throughout the Carolinas. Honored with the Best of the Weeklies podcast award by the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, we bring you engaging and educational content each week.


In this episode, Debbie and Laurie continue their exploration of invasive species in part two of this compelling series. The focus shifts to some of the most troublesome invaders, including Burmese pythons in the Everglades, spotted lanternflies, and American bullfrogs in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how these non-native species were likely introduced by human activities such as the pet trade and transport on ships.


The hosts delve into the severe environmental impacts caused by these invasive species, from outcompeting native wildlife to spreading diseases. They also provide practical tips for listeners on how to help prevent the spread of these invaders, including not transporting firewood, inspecting camping gear, and reporting sightings to local authorities. This episode raises crucial awareness about the role human actions play in the introduction and spread of invasive species, and what we can do to mitigate their impact.


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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.


Production services for The Backyard Naturalists podcast are provided by Downtown Podcasting. To start a conversation on how you can have a podcast, simply send an email to


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.