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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!

Jul 8, 2023

Welcome to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! In this week's episode, Debbie and Laurie engage in a fascinating conversation with Laurel Millaci, from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, located in Indian Trail, NC. Together, they delve into the intricacies of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue's Baby Songbird Feeding program—an initiative that aligns with the hatching season of songbird babies, spanning from early April to early October.


During the episode, Debbie and Laurie explore various aspects of the program with Laurel, seeking insight into its origins and the sources from which the birds come. They delve into the numbers, discussing the quantity of birds fed last year in comparison to the current year. They also touch upon the most common songbird species cared for, as well as the rarest species encountered in their work.


Moreover, the conversation delves into the vital process of reintegrating the songbirds back into the wild. Debbie, Laurie, and Laurel discuss the methodologies employed by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue to ensure a successful transition for these delicate creatures. Listeners will gain valuable insight into the organization's measures for evaluating the program's effectiveness and assessing the impact it has on the avian population.


If you're intrigued by the Baby Songbird Feeding program, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue offers opportunities for individuals aged 16 and above, with parental or guardian approval, to get involved. Duties encompass not only feeding, but also maintaining cleanliness in the baby bird area, food preparation, and light housekeeping tasks such as dishes, laundry, and floors. For more information on how to become part of this meaningful initiative, please reach out to


Join us as we unravel the captivating world of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue's Baby Songbird Feeding program, exploring the dedication and compassion that goes into caring for these vulnerable creatures and witnessing their successful reintegration into their natural habitats.


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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.