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Creating Wildlife Habitats

The Backyard Naturalists

Release Date: 09/18/2021

Bat House Basics: Eco-Friendly Mosquito Control show art Bat House Basics: Eco-Friendly Mosquito Control

The Backyard Naturalists

Welcome to another informative episode of The Backyard Naturalists, the award-winning podcast heard in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the Carolinas. We're proud to have won the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly!   In this episode, we explore an environmentally friendly way to control mosquitoes: bats! Our hosts delve into the benefits of attracting bats to your yard, such as natural mosquito control and pollination, and provide expert tips on building and installing bat houses.   Key Points:   ...

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Owl Adventures: Boosting Your Backyard with Barred Owl Boxes! show art Owl Adventures: Boosting Your Backyard with Barred Owl Boxes!

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Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, your go-to podcast for everything connected with nature! Heard in 115 countries and all 50 states, and a proud recipient of the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, we're thrilled to have you join us.     This week, we're diving into the fascinating world of owls! Learn how to maximize your chances for success with owl boxes, perfect for attracting these incredible birds to your backyard. Plus, it's the perfect time to spot young barred owls as they begin branching...

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Cicada Symphony: Exploring Nature's Noisy Invasion show art Cicada Symphony: Exploring Nature's Noisy Invasion

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Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.     In this captivating episode, hosts Debbie and Laurie, along with guests Jay and Chris, delve deep into the buzzing world of cicadas. The conversation takes listeners on a journey through the recent cicada emergence, exploring not just the cacophonous sounds they produce but also their ecological significance and cultural impact. From sharing audio clips of cicada choruses in local greenways to discussing the surprising culinary adventures some have with cicadas, this episode...

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Unraveling Bird Myths: Debunking 'Bird Brain,' Baby Birds, and Monogamy show art Unraveling Bird Myths: Debunking 'Bird Brain,' Baby Birds, and Monogamy

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Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.   This week, Debbie and Laurie have a conversation around some of the weird and off the wall myths about birds they’ve heard lately. Some of which include, is the phrase “bird brain” really an insult? How about does touching a baby bird really cause the mother to abandon it and, are birds monogamous?   During the show, you hear Debbie mention a wonderful read, The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman.   Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the Web, Facebook and...

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Bird Feeding 2.0: Elevating Your Backyard Aviary show art Bird Feeding 2.0: Elevating Your Backyard Aviary

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Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! As spring blooms with vibrant life, Debbie and Laurie delve into the world of advanced bird feeding, exploring Bird Feeding 2.0. From the allure of black oil sunflower seeds to the strategic placement of multiple feeders near trees and bushes, this episode unlocks the secrets to attracting a diverse array of avian visitors to your backyard. Discover the allure of shelled peanuts for blue jays, the importance of live mealworms for baby birds, and the benefits of incorporating native plants and clean water sources into...

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Reviving the Skies: The California Condor Conservation Journey show art Reviving the Skies: The California Condor Conservation Journey

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Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast! In this episode, Debbie and Laurie dive deep into the world of conservation with special guest Ashleigh Blackford, a seasoned wildlife biologist with a wealth of experience, notably in the California Condor Recovery program.   Join us as we explore the fascinating journey of the California condor, a majestic bird with a wingspan of up to nine and a half feet, facing challenges from habitat loss to lead poisoning. Discover how biologists like Ashleigh have been working tirelessly since the 1980s to revive the condor populations, from captive...

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Planet versus Plastics: Earth Day 2024 Special show art Planet versus Plastics: Earth Day 2024 Special

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Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast, where we explore all things nature-related! In this episode, Debbie and Laurie delve into Earth Day 2024, which falls on April 22nd with the theme "Planet versus Plastics." They discuss the multifaceted approach to going green, highlighting the five Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.     They also emphasize the importance of composting to reduce food waste and share insights on how individuals can contribute to the Planet versus Plastics initiative. As Edward Everett Hale once said, "I cannot do everything, but still I...

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Restoring Nature's Balance: A Conversation with Shubber Ali, CEO of Garden for Wildlife show art Restoring Nature's Balance: A Conversation with Shubber Ali, CEO of Garden for Wildlife

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  Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, where we explore all things nature-related! This week, hosts Debbie and Laurie are thrilled to have Shubber Ali, the CEO of Garden for Wildlife by National Wildlife Federation, join the conversation.   Shubber shares insights into his incredible work leading a for-profit spinoff aimed at restoring our environment. We delve into the North Carolina Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife project, highlighting its mission to promote native plant identification through a free program accessible to all...

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Spring 2024 Plant Sales show art Spring 2024 Plant Sales

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Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.   A.         UNCC – 4/11-4/13 – 4/11 is for members 1.      Plant sale proceeds and membership fees enable the Gardens to continue to offer free admission to our gardens and greenhouse and discounted programming for all. 2.       native wildflowers, butterfly and hummingbird plants, azaleas, hydrangeas, fruiting shrubs, ferns, colorful annuals, unusual ornamental and native trees &...

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Flight of Wonders: Exploring the World of Hummingbirds show art Flight of Wonders: Exploring the World of Hummingbirds

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  Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast, where we explore the wonders of nature in every corner of the world. In this episode, Debbie and Laurie dive into the fascinating world of hummingbirds as they embark on their migratory journey to North America.   From the incredible 3500-mile migration of the ruby-throated hummingbird to tips on attracting these tiny marvels to your backyard with native plants and Backyard Birds products, this episode is packed with insights and practical advice for nature enthusiasts. Join us as we marvel at the beauty and resilience of these...

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