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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!

Sep 9, 2023

Welcome to a special episode of The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast that celebrates the wonders of the natural world. We're thrilled to have you join us from our audience spanning 107 countries, all 50 states, and our beloved Carolinas. Your favorite hosts, Debbie and Laurie, have gathered their Top Three Guests for an extraordinary conversation. Dr. Tony Lombardino, our esteemed Reptile Expert, Jay Bell, and the ever-knowledgeable native plant expert, Lisa Tompkins, come together in this episode.


Led by Chris, our guest host, they delve into the heart of their passion—nature. Tune in as they explore their "why" and share their deep-rooted connections to the natural world. This episode marks the first part of our two-part season finale for our award-winning second season. So, sit back, relax, and let's dive into the fascinating world of The Backyard Naturalists!


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.


We start this episode by talking about creating wildlife habitats. That initial episode of Creating Wildlife Habitats is still in the top three listened episodes for us. These principles have overlapped with almost every episode we've had. It's a really good guiding network for us to keep in mind.


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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.


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.