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Unveiling Shark Secrets with Park Ranger Hannah O’Carroll

The Backyard Naturalists

Release Date: 08/26/2023

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Welcome to a special seasonal episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! In this episode, we delve into the age-old debate of artificial vs. real Christmas trees. As we explore the ecological impact, we discover that artificial trees, despite their convenience, have a threefold negative impact on climate change and resource depletion, and they often end up in landfills. But fear not, we'll share a way to mitigate these drawbacks if you still prefer an artificial tree.   It's fascinating to learn how Christmas tree farming is a thriving part of the economy, with over 15,000 tree farms...

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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...

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Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast that explores the wonders of nature. We're thrilled to bring you today's episode, all about trees! As we dive into the world of trees, our guest, Brad Caudle, the Master Arborist and landscape manager for the town of Matthews, will be sharing his expert insights on tree planting and care. In this enlightening conversation, we tackle questions like, "Are there trees that are simply overused in landscaping?" and "What's the earliest and latest times for planting trees in the Charlotte area?" Brad reminds us of the importance of site evaluation -...

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Welcome to a fresh, fall-inspired episode of The Backyard Naturalists, the award-winning podcast that connects nature lovers worldwide. Debbie and Laurie are your guides as they embrace the changing seasons and what it means for our local wildlife habitats.   As we transition into autumn, they explore the surprising ways we can support our feathered friends with bird feeders and natural food sources from our gardens. Bird migration is in full swing, and leaves are starting to fall. But here's the twist - this is a great time to plant and embrace a little 'wildness' in our landscapes. ...

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Dive into another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! This week, we're thrilled to sit down with Hannah O’Carroll, a dedicated Park Ranger from Key Largo, Florida, bringing her expertise from Wildlife Conservation at NC State University and roles in wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary care. With listeners spanning 107 countries, 50 states, and the Carolinas, our podcast, a proud recipient of the Best of the Weeklies award, unites nature enthusiasts globally.

 

Join hosts Debbie and Laurie as they engage Hannah in a fascinating discussion on East Coast shark species, tips for safer human-shark coexistence, declining shark populations, and the success of tracking efforts. Hannah’s firsthand experience as a Park Ranger with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection lends unique insights to this crucial conservation dialogue. From the Carolinas to Key Largo, we're your bridge to the wonders of the natural 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.

 

We start this episode by talking about creating wildlife habitats. That initial episode of Creating Wildlife Habitats is still in the top three listened episodes for us. These principles have overlapped with almost every episode we've had. It's a really good guiding network for us to keep in mind.

 

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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.

 

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 [email protected].

 

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.