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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!

Nov 20, 2021


One of the most listened to episodes of The Backyard Naturalists podcast is our initial conversation in our fourth episode with reptile and snake expert Jay Bell with Reptiles 101. Debbie and Laurie invited Jay back in the studio to talk more about his favorite reptilian creature. 

As a bonus in this episode, we learn that our co-host Laurie spent time homesteading in Alaska and she tells us about her most fascinating creature during her time in Alaska.

We also learn a new, "Word of the Day" from Jay as he teaches and explains one of the many defense mechanisms of some snakes. 

Several snakes are indeed beneficial to our wildlife habitats and yards. The Backyard Naturalists, along with Jay Bell, detail a few of these snakes and the benefits they offer. 

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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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