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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 29, 2023

Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, the award-winning podcast that delves into all things connected with nature. We're thrilled to have been selected as the favorite podcast by the readers of The Matthews Mint Hill Weekly, and we're humbled to be listened to in all 50 states and over 100 countries worldwide.


This week, your enthusiastic hosts Debbie and Laurie have a special treat in store for you as they sit down with the esteemed Pepe Chavez, Director of the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, and a recognized Central Carolinas Master Naturalist. Pepe is also a member of the National Association for Interpretation Board of Directors. Together, they'll dive into the captivating world of the upcoming Hummingbird Festival.


Join us as we explore the festival's significance, the inspiring story behind its creation, and get a sneak peek into some of the fascinating happenings and the detailed schedule of events. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let's celebrate nature's delicate gems in this must-listen episode!


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.