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Creating Wildlife Habitats

The Backyard Naturalists

Release Date: 09/18/2021

Real or Fake? We're talking Christmas Trees! show art Real or Fake? We're talking Christmas Trees!

The Backyard Naturalists

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and we’ve officially kicked off the Christmas eason, The Backyard Naturalists are having a conversation about Christmas trees. In this episode, they weigh the benefits of both live and artificial trees then, offer facts, figures and a little trivia about the iconic holiday tradition such as . . . Which state grows the most Christmas trees in the United States? Which county in our home state of North Carolina grows the most trees? How many years does it take to mitigate the environmental impact of owning an artificial tree? What’s the average growth time...

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More Snakes with Jay show art More Snakes with Jay

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One of the most listened to episodes of podcast is our with reptile and snake expert Jay Bell with . Debbie and Laurie invited Jay back in the studio to talk more about his favorite reptilian creature.  As a bonus in this episode, we learn that our co-host Laurie spent time homesteading in Alaska and she tells us about her most fascinating creature during her time in Alaska. We also learn a new, "Word of the Day" from Jay as he teaches and explains one of the many defense mechanisms of some snakes.  Several snakes are indeed beneficial to our wildlife habitats and yards. The...

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Master Arborist, Ralph Ramsaur show art Master Arborist, Ralph Ramsaur

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When you begin the conversation around nature and wildlife, trees certainly rise to the top of the list of subjects. That’s why this week, The Backyard Naturalists decided to give Ralph Ramsaur a call, and start talking trees. Ralph is an and currently serves as the Landscape Manager and Town Arborist. He’s also the staff liaison on the Town’s and in his free time, maintains the Town’s “” program, which has been in place for over 21 years. In this first of two episodes with Ralph, Debbie and Laurie frame the conversation around his experience, credentials, favorite (and not...

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Sustainable Gardening Practices show art Sustainable Gardening Practices

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In this episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie wrap up their series on with the with . As one of the five requirements of certification, sustainable gardening practices offer many benefits, not only to your wildlife habitat, but they can help with the budget conscious gardener, too. For example, using native plants and grasses can reduce the need for fertilizers and decrease water consumption. Make sure to check out the series kick-off in , where Debbie and Laurie offered an introduction and overview to the five requirements for a Certified Wildlife Habitat;...

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We're Talkin' about Pumpkins show art We're Talkin' about Pumpkins

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In this episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie take a break from their series on certifying your natural wildlife habitat to talk about pumpkins. They share a few interesting facts and figures about our favorite round, orange squash and tie the conversation back to the wildlife benefits of pumpkins. Here are a few of the links The Backyard Naturalists share during this episode: Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the , and . Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at . A mecca for bird lovers and bird watchers, Backyard Birds is an...

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Providing Cover as a Part of Your Wildlife Habitat show art Providing Cover as a Part of Your Wildlife Habitat

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Believe it or not, both predators and prey need locations that provide cover. All types of wildlife require cover from inclement weather, too. That’s why The Backyard Naturalists share with you the many ways you can intentionally (and unintentionally) provide cover for the guests of your Certified Wildlife Habitat. If you’d like more information on how you can turn your garden, backyard or green space into a , please visit the on the web. Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the , or . Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at . A mecca for bird lovers and...

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Places to Raise Young for Wildlife Habitats show art Places to Raise Young for Wildlife Habitats

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A safe place for a mother to raise her young is a key component in any Certified Wildlife Habitat. Join Debbie and Laurie as they review a few of the common and out of the ordinary places they've seen. They're not just talking birds, but snakes and other animals too. Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the , or .  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...

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Food for your Wildlife Habitat show art Food for your Wildlife Habitat

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Food is another essential, required component of a wildlife habitat.  This week, Debbie and Laurie discuss which foods are consumed by which animals, and how you deliver the food for a particular species.  They'll also look at protecting the food from animals that don't know how to share!

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Snakes with Jay show art Snakes with Jay

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Is that a copperhead !?!? Are snakes poisonous or venomous? What do I do if I find a snake in my yard? Reptile expert Jay Bell is the guest of The Backyard Naturalists this week and he answers these, plus many more snake related questions from Debbie and Laurie. 

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Water is Essential for a Wildlife Habitat show art Water is Essential for a Wildlife Habitat

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Water is critical to all living beings.  We'll look at various ways and locations to provide it, and how to deter those pesky mosquitoes that like to lay their eggs in water. If you love nature, make sure you check out The Backyard Naturalists.  We'll be discussing all things nature, from birds to bees, plants to possums, snakes to seed and much more!

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Establishing a Certified Wildlife Habitat in your backyard is much easier than you think! In this episode of The backyard Naturalists, Debbie and Laurie kick off a series sharing the National Wildlife Federation requirements for creating and certifying wildlife habitats at our homes, businesses, places of worship, schools, and public places.