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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 26, 2023

Dive into another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! This week, we're thrilled to sit down with Hannah O’Carroll, a dedicated Park Ranger from Key Largo, Florida, bringing her expertise from Wildlife Conservation at NC State University and roles in wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary care. With listeners spanning 107 countries, 50 states, and the Carolinas, our podcast, a proud recipient of the Best of the Weeklies award, unites nature enthusiasts globally.


Join hosts Debbie and Laurie as they engage Hannah in a fascinating discussion on East Coast shark species, tips for safer human-shark coexistence, declining shark populations, and the success of tracking efforts. Hannah’s firsthand experience as a Park Ranger with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection lends unique insights to this crucial conservation dialogue. From the Carolinas to Key Largo, we're your bridge to the wonders of the natural world.


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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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.