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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 4, 2023

Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast, the show that explores everything nature-related, reaching listeners in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the beautiful Carolinas. We're thrilled to have been recognized with the Best of the Weeklies podcast award by the readers of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.


In this week's episode, we're diving into the world of barred owls in urban settings. If you've ever spotted one of these majestic birds in your city or town, you're in for a treat. Join us as Dr. Rob Bierregaard, a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences and former visiting distinguished research professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, shares his extensive research on barred owls in urban environments. Dr. Bierregaard's insights shed light on these fascinating creatures and their adaptability to our changing 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.


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.