Hummingbirds are Here!!!

Get your feeders out! Need a feeder? See ours here! For nectar recipe and feeder care, visit our special Hummingbirds page.

The Backyard Naturalist has gifts for all ages and within any budget.

Shop Local, Shop Small

Shopping local, small businesses in your own backyard, benefits your entire community.

Come browse through our Gift-Boxed, One-Of-A-Kind Rock, Mineral, Crystal & Fossil Specimens. . .we have the area's best selection outside the Smithsonian Gift Shop!

A sample of our unique gifts:
Made by Local Artisans:
Sligo Creek Hand-Glazed Tiles
Alice's Cottage Textiles
Corinthian Bells Chimes

Made in the USA
Gary Starr Bird Ornaments
Yardbirds Junkyard Dogs & Cats
Adagio & Sienna Sky Earrings
Pottery Earring Holders
Clocks, Nightlights and Magnets
Swarovski Crystal Sun Catchers

Fair Trade from Around the World:
Seaglass & Driftwood Wind Chimes from Bali
Fair Trade Folk Art from Peru
Haitian Metal Folk Art
And so many more!.

And NEW! for local sports fans:
Redskins, Ravens, Capitals, Nationals and Orioles!!! We have officially licensed flags, mini-flags, doormats and tree faces.

Our 25th Anniversary Year!

The Backyard Naturalist is the area's largest and oldest independent retailer of wild bird products and gifts for nature lovers of all ages! Proudly serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area for twenty-five years.

Thank you!!! The Backyard Naturalist's 25th Anniversary celebration was a day we will remember forever. See photos from the party on our Facebook page.

We are Maryland's first and only store to be awarded Droll Yankees' Five Feather Platinum Premier dealer status.

We take care of our feathered friends' needs year-round:

The Backyard Blog

  • April 22nd is Earth Day
    Every Day is Earth Day at The Backyard Naturalist! Scientists are finding proof that even the smallest natural habitats we create can make a meaningful impact. Really ... Read More

  • Great News!!! Olney BRT Project Shelved
    Study shows Georgia Avenue Corridor does not meet criteria for enhanced planning development. According to County Executive Ike Leggett, limited resources require prioritization and other corridors have ... Read More

  • Olney BRT Project Raises Concerns
    Best case scenario would eliminate 75% of businesses on Georgia Avenue--right in the heart of Olney. Put your comments on record here. We've just found out that the ... Read More

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Maryland State Crab Decal in Oval. Crab-shaped Maryland State Flag.We have Maryland Crab Decals & Magnets!!!!

‘Best Of’ Montgomery

2012, 2013 and 2014!!!

Thank you for voting us 'Best Of' Montgomery County, Maryland!!!

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The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832
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Contact Us:
(301) 924-0024

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but phone calls still work best!

Mon-Sat 10-6 | Sun 12-5

Convenient free parking directly behind the store.

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The Backyard Naturalist's owner Debi Klein interviewed in The Gazette about County Executive's decision to shelve Olney BRT.

For the third year running, The Backyard Naturalist is Voted 'Best Of' Montgomery County by Gazette readers.

Birding Business magazine features The Backyard Naturalist's owner Debi Klein in article Local Retailing and her photo is on the cover!

The Backyard Naturalist's 25th Anniversary in The Gazette

In The Gazette: "Concerns intensify over BRT’s effect on Olney businesses" As a member of the Olney business community for 25 years, The Backyard Naturalist's owner Debi Klein speaks up about the potential threat to local small businesses.

Debi Klein, Owner of The Backyard Naturalist, gives expert commentary in The Gazette on the local Bluebird population rebound. Read here.

For the second year running, The Backyard Naturalist is Voted 'Best Gift Shop' in Montgomery County by Gazette readers.

Columnist John Kelly features The Backyard Naturalist during Squirrel Week 2013 at The Washington Post .

The Backyard Naturalist is Voted 'Best Gift Shop' in Montgomery County by Gazette readers.

The Backyard Naturalist featured in "What's in Store - Olney" after a store visit from The Baltimore Sun reporter Sloane Brown.

Check out our television commercial that airs on Comcast affiliated stations region wide!

At 20, Backyard Naturalist one of oldest mom-and-pops in Olney 10/21/09 |