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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 11, 2023

Welcome to a captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! In this week's installment, hosts Debbie and Laurie delve into the intriguing world of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom One Response Team.


Joining them is the distinguished Captain Rusty Shaw, who provides invaluable insights into the team's origin, mission, and the remarkable individuals who make it all possible. Tune in as they explore the rigorous training and background requirements that equip these heroes for their vital roles, and discover the expansive service area of Venom One.


Captain Shaw's expertise extends to venomous snakes not only in the United States but across the globe, offering a fascinating education in these enigmatic creatures. As the episode unfolds, you'll gain a profound understanding of the critical work this team undertakes and the extraordinary responsibilities they bear.


Don't miss this riveting conversation, shedding light on the heroes who protect us from the dangers of venomous wildlife. The Backyard Naturalists podcast is proud to bring you stories like this that celebrate the wonders of the natural world.


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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.