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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!

Feb 3, 2024

Welcome, nature enthusiasts, to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! This week, join hosts Debbie and Laurie as they engage in a fascinating conversation with Kathy Zagzebski, the dedicated executive director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, situated just north of Wilmington, North Carolina.


Founded by the indomitable Jean Beasley, the center stands as a testament to a lifelong commitment to the well-being of sea turtles. Kathy sheds light on the center's mission, emphasizing the importance of education and sharing insights into the natural history of these majestic creatures. Discover how Karen and Jean immersed themselves in sea turtle conservation, and learn about the vital role the center plays in treating and rehabilitating injured turtles.


Tune in to explore the profound connection between humanity and the sea, and don't forget to check out the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center's Amazon wish list or share some love via Venmo.


As always, we want to hear from our global community of listeners - let us know where you're tuning in from and what aspects of the podcast resonate with you. Join us in celebrating the wonders of the natural world on The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast that transcends borders and brings nature closer to home.


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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.