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Sustainable Gardening and Habitat Certification: Launching Season 3 with The Backyard Naturalists

The Backyard Naturalists

Release Date: 10/14/2023

Another Look at Birdfeeding 101 show art Another Look at Birdfeeding 101

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Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature. Sometimes, folks can get overwhelmed and confused when they begin the hobby of bird feeding. Which feeder should you buy? Is there a certain type of seed you should purchase? How much money should you invest? How do you keep predators (and squirrels) from your feeders? These are all question Laurie and her team hears every day at  and, in this episode of the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie offer answers to these, and a few other, questions. While recording the Backyard...

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Do Animals Grieve? Exploring Emotions in the Wild show art Do Animals Grieve? Exploring Emotions in the Wild

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In this thought-provoking episode of The Backyard Naturalists, Monica McCoubrie, a distinguished wildlife educator from Nebraska Games and Parks, delves into the intriguing question: do animals grieve?   Join us as we explore the depths of animal emotions and behaviors, examining the signs of grief observed in various species. From dogs sensing loss to the complex emotional lives of creatures in the wild, Monica offers fascinating insights backed by scientific research. As we unravel the mysteries of animal grief, we invite listeners to share their own observations and experiences....

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Rescuing the Deep: A Dive into Sea Turtle Conservation with Kathy Zagzebski show art Rescuing the Deep: A Dive into Sea Turtle Conservation with Kathy Zagzebski

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Welcome, nature enthusiasts, to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! This week, join hosts Debbie and Laurie as they engage in a fascinating conversation with Kathy Zagzebski, the dedicated executive director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, situated just north of Wilmington, North Carolina.   Founded by the indomitable Jean Beasley, the center stands as a testament to a lifelong commitment to the well-being of sea turtles. Kathy sheds light on the center's mission, emphasizing the importance of education and sharing insights into...

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Nature's Tapestry Unveiled: The Intriguing Journey of Life's End in the Wild show art Nature's Tapestry Unveiled: The Intriguing Journey of Life's End in the Wild

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Welcome, nature enthusiasts, to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast! We're thrilled to be reaching listeners in 115 countries, all 50 states, and across the beautiful Carolinas. A proud recipient of the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the , our podcast continues to explore the wonders of nature.   This week, hosts Debbie and Laurie dive into a thought-provoking conversation with the esteemed Monica Macoubrie from the . Returning for the third time, Monica sheds light on the intriguing topic of what unfolds in the wild when life comes to an end. ...

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Flight of the Ospreys: Dr. Rob Bierregaard Unveils Nature's Fish-Loving Aviators show art Flight of the Ospreys: Dr. Rob Bierregaard Unveils Nature's Fish-Loving Aviators

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In this riveting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, we delve into the awe-inspiring world of ospreys with our esteemed guest, Dr. Rob Bierregaard, a distinguished research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences.   Dr. Bierregaard's passion for raptors is contagious, and today, we shift our focus from the haunting calls of barred owls to the magnificent ospreys. Discover the remarkable journey of ospreys, once decimated by DDT in New England, now thriving with over 112 pairs nesting on Martha's Vineyard. Dr. Bierregaard, who equipped these birds with radios to trace their...

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Wild Conversations with Stan Tekiela: Exploring North America's Black Bears and Beyond show art Wild Conversations with Stan Tekiela: Exploring North America's Black Bears and Beyond

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Whether you're a first-time listener or a loyal supporter, welcome back to The Backyard Naturalists, the podcast that explores the wonders of nature. We're thrilled to have you with us in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the picturesque Carolinas. A huge shoutout to our amazing listeners for helping us secure the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the .   In today's episode, we're delighted to welcome back naturalist , a true expert in his field. Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of black bears and more. Did you know there are three bear...

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Uncoiling the Mystery: Burmese Pythons in the Everglades with Captain Rusty Shaw show art Uncoiling the Mystery: Burmese Pythons in the Everglades with Captain Rusty Shaw

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Greetings, nature enthusiasts! In this riveting episode of The Backyard Naturalists, we embark on a captivating exploration of the complex issue surrounding Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Join us as Captain Rusty Shaw, a distinguished member of the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Venom One Response Team, sheds light on the challenges posed by these invasive snakes.   From unraveling the mysteries of their introduction to the Everglades to estimating their burgeoning population, Captain Shaw provides invaluable insights. Tune in to discover the intricacies of the Florida Python Challenge, an...

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Feathers and Facts: Unveiling the Avian Mysteries with Stan Tekiela - Uncommon Insights into Common Birds show art Feathers and Facts: Unveiling the Avian Mysteries with Stan Tekiela - Uncommon Insights into Common Birds

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Welcome, Backyard Naturalists! In this special episode, we're thrilled to have the incredible Stan Tekiela join us, a true Renaissance man in the world of nature. With over 40 years of experience as a naturalist, Stan brings a wealth of knowledge to our backyard. A gifted photographer, tour leader, and columnist in more than 20 newspapers, his biweekly column reaches over 750,000 readers.   Brace yourselves, listeners, as Stan is also the author of an astounding 190 books and CDs, not to mention his extensive wildlife sounds library. Today, we dive into the fascinating realm of...

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Mistletoe Unveiled: Nature's Stealthy Parasite show art Mistletoe Unveiled: Nature's Stealthy Parasite

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Welcome to another captivating episode of The Backyard Naturalists! In this week's exploration of the wonders of nature, hosts Debbie and Laurie (joined by Chris) delve into the intriguing world of mistletoe, a parasitic plant with more than 1500 species found globally.   Tune in as they unravel the mysteries surrounding this unique plant, its diverse host trees, and the varying impacts it can have on its hosts – sometimes benign, other times detrimental. Forget the plastic versions from Hobby Lobby; discover the real, year-round presence of mistletoe in the wild. Join us on this...

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Connecting Nature's Dots with Lynn Rivera of Carolina Thread Trail show art Connecting Nature's Dots with Lynn Rivera of Carolina Thread Trail

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Welcome back, nature enthusiasts! In this week's episode of The Backyard Naturalists, hosts Debbie and Laurie embark on an enlightening conversation with Lynn Rivera, the Trail Master at Carolina Thread Trail.   Join us as we dive into the expansive world of this remarkable project, originally conceived to weave an intricate network of trails throughout the 15-county metro Charlotte area, reaching into South Carolina. With 300 miles of trails already established, the ambitious goal is to create a staggering 1600 miles of interconnected wow trails across all counties.   Lynn...

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Welcome to another exciting episode of The Backyard Naturalists podcast, the ultimate destination for all things connected with nature! We're thrilled to have listeners tuning in from 107 countries, all 50 states, and our beloved Carolinas. We're especially honored to share that The Backyard Naturalist has been recognized with the Best of the Weeklies podcast award by the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.

 

In this episode, hosts Debbie and Laurie bring you the grand finale of their series on crafting your own natural wildlife habitat through sustainable gardening practices. But that's not all – they'll also guide you through the registration process. Tune in as they dive deep into the five criteria crucial for certifying your natural wildlife habitat, setting the stage for an exciting third season of our award-winning and internationally acclaimed podcast.

 

Thank you for joining us on this journey to connect with and preserve 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.

 

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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.