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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 22, 2023

Welcome to a special episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! We are thrilled to share that our podcast has been recognized by the readers of The Matthews Mint Hill Weekly as their favorite, earning us the honor of being an award-winning podcast. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our listeners, as we now reach audiences in all 50 states and over 100 countries worldwide.


In this week's episode, your hosts Debbie and Laurie are joined by a special guest, Nick Lund, also known as "The Birdist". Nick, with his extensive background as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for Maine Audubon, brings a wealth of knowledge to the discussion on state birds. As an author and nature writer, Nick's insights add depth to the conversation.


Tune in as Debbie, Laurie, and Nick explore the fascinating process of choosing state birds, uncovering the reasons behind the Northern Cardinal's immense popularity and prevalence among state selections. The conversation takes a thoughtful turn, offering recommended substitutes and better choices for state birds, offering valuable perspectives on the symbolism and representation of these avian ambassadors.


Join us for an enriching and engaging episode as we unravel the captivating world of state birds with "The Birdist" himself. Discover the intricate thought processes and significance behind these feathered representatives, and gain a deeper appreciation for the remarkable diversity and beauty of the avian world.


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.


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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.


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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.