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Master Arborist, Ralph Ramsaur

The Backyard Naturalists

Release Date: 11/13/2021

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The Backyard Naturalists

Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists podcast. The show about anything and everything connected with nature. Debbie and Laurie, The Backyard Naturalists are absolutely thrilled for this weeks episode as they host and welcome Dr. Bill Hilton, Jr. to the show.     Bill is the Executive Director of which is located in York, South Carolina. He's also the principal investigator for , the hummingbird project.     He was twice named the South Carolina Science Teacher of the Year and was also honored as the state's outstanding biology teacher, , named him as one of the 50 Best...

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Welcome to , the podcast about anything and everything connected with nature. In this week’s installment, Debbie and Laurie call to talk with him about the .     “Jeff has a Master’s degree in Entomology and a Ph.D. in . He is the author of five books on gardening and the environment, a Contributing Editor to , and has appeared on such shows as Martha Stewart and Growing a Greener World.     From 1998 until 2013 he worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of , but the cold finally got to him! For the past two years he has been an instructor at Central...

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This week, welcome Tony Lombardino back to the show for a conversation around the topic of bird migration. If you’ll remember, Debbie and Laurie hosted Tony earlier this year for an installment on . Tony kicks off the episode explaining the ultimate and evolutionary reason why birds migrate. He discusses the ability birds possess to allow them to return to the same nesting location each year, where various species migrate to and from and the process around the preparation of migrating Tony has led bird walks for the and hosts our at in Matthews. Connect with the Backyard Naturalists...

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David Crowe returns to the show this week with a fun and entertain conversation about pests around you home. From the most destructive to the most harmful, he walks you through a few ideas and solutions to keep your home free of pesky (and expensive) creatures. David has worked at the , has researched owls in Wyoming, and worked as a field biologist for the . Currently David and his family lives in Matthews, NC where operates .   Our hosts Debbie and Laurie share an impressive list of certifications between them such as Debbie being a Master Naturalist with the , both being and...

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  is coming up Friday, April 23 and in this installment of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie offer you few facts, figures and statistics about Earth Day. They also review 27 inexpensive (and sometimes free) ways and methods for you to observe and celebrate the 52nd Earth Day.   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 independent family-owned business located in Matthews, NC (next to Dairy Queen), just southeast of...

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Monica Macoubrie with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission returns to The Backyard Naturalists podcast to share a few incredibly interesting (and a few fascinating) animal myths with us. Can owls really spin their head, all the way around? Will a porcupine shoot quills at you from thirty paces? Will you really swallow twenty spiders during your lifetime while you sleep? Once you’ve listened to this episode, make sure check out Nebraska Wildlife Education on the , , or their . Connect with the Backyard Naturalists on the web, Facebook and Instagram. Please visit and support our...

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For some wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us . . . hummingbirds will be back soon! In this installment of the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie spend a few minutes sharing interesting facts and figures about hummingbirds, courtesy of Cornell’s, . They also share with you a list of native plants you can incorporate into your natural wildlife habitat to attract hummingbirds. In the second half of this week’s episode, The Backyard Naturalists have a conversation of feeders and food for hummingbirds, including a few...

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Last week, The Backyard Naturalists kicked off a 2-part series on Native Plants with our, “go-to guru”, Lisa Tompkins of . Lisa, along with our hosts Debbie and Laurie, shared with us their thoughts and ideas around the benefits of including native plants in your natural wildlife habitat. They even shared a few of their favorites for both shade and sun. This week, we receive a wealth of information about various guides, websites, resources and books on native plants. We learn where we can go for information, names, ideas and lists of native plants. A great place to begin is the . It...

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A few weeks ago, we enjoyed having on the show for an . If you’ll remember, Carrie’s and both offer comprehensive lists and detailed information on invasive plants and their impact on your natural habitat. This week, we thought we’d travel to the opposite end of the spectrum and ask Lisa Tompkins to stop by for a conversation on native plants and the positive impact and rewards they offer. Lisa owns and operates , in Union County, NC and is an absolute wealth of knowledge on native plants, grasses, trees and shrubs, especially in the piedmont of North Carolina. Listen in as Lisa,...

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Bird watchers and lovers of any level are in for a treat this week as Debbie and Laurie welcome bird expert Tony Lombardino to the show. Tony has a PhD in Neuroscience and studied how the brains of birds allowed them to sing and produce their songs in adulthood. He researched and studied songbird neurobiology for twelve years and has taught high school and college courses in biology and psychology. Tony has led bird walks for the and hosts our at in Matthews. During the conversation, Tony talks about the book, by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer. Also discussed is the app from The...

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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 ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and currently serves as the Town of Matthews, NC Landscape Manager and Town Arborist. He’s also the staff liaison on the Town’s Appearance and Tree Advisory Committee and in his free time, maintains the Town’s “Tree City USA” 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 so favorite) trees and where and when to start the planting process.

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Please visit and support our presenting sponsor, Backyard Birds at http://www.thebirdfoodstore.com. 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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