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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 27, 2021


Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and we’ve officially kicked off the Christmas eason, The Backyard Naturalists are having a conversation about Christmas trees. In this episode, they weigh the benefits of both live and artificial trees then, offer facts, figures and a little trivia about the iconic holiday tradition such as . . .

  1. Which state grows the most Christmas trees in the United States?
  2. Which county in our home state of North Carolina grows the most trees?
  3. How many years does it take to mitigate the environmental impact of owning an artificial tree?
  4. What’s the average growth time for a Christmas tree before it’s harvested?

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