Shop Small (and all season long!)

The Backyard Naturalist recommends Shopping EARLY this year, Shopping Local and Shopping Small. Don't wait for Small Business Saturday, if you want the best gift selection.

For the best gift selection and less stressful holiday shopping, start early this year!!!  We’re in the Holiday Spirit, stocked up and ready with nature-themed gifts for everyone on your list —no matter the age or budget.

Need inspiration? See our Holiday Shopping 2021 menu below:

Shop Small and Shop Local

Shopping local, small businesses keeps your money in your community.

The Backyard Blog Archive

Our Mission

For over 30 years, The Backyard Naturalist has had this mission:
To inspire our community to appreciate and nurture the nature found in all our backyards by providing a sanctuary of food, water and shelter for wild birds.

Each of our backyard habitats contributes to the health and well-being of not only the individual visitors to our feeders and baths, but is also one more piece of habitat restored and connected to Migratory Flyways. As green space increasingly disappears due to development, our backyard micro habitats link together, backyard by backyard, across our county – our state – our country.

2022 Nature Calendars!

The 2022 Audubon Little Owls Mini Calendar is here!

See our nature-themed Wall, Mini, Page-a-Day or Engagement Calendars for 2022. Great gifts for everyone!

Bread is Bad for Birds

Bread is Bad for Wild Birds

Please do not feed bread, crackers and other human snack food to wild birds! Bread has ZERO nutrition for them, but fills their small stomachs— robbing them of opportunities to take in real nourishment. In winter, this can kill them!

About The Backyard Naturalist

The Backyard Naturalist is the area's largest and oldest independent retailer of products for wild birds and gifts for nature lovers of all ages! Proudly serving Maryland and the Washington, DC metro area for over thirty years.

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:

‘Best Of’ Montgomery

Thank you for voting us ‘Best Of’
MoCo’s Best Gift Shop
Montgomery County, Maryland!!!

New Holiday Hours!

Beginning Friday, November 26th, The Backyard Naturalist store has new, extended holiday shopping hours.

Tuesday:  10 - 6pm
Wednesday:  10 - 6pm
Thursday:  10 - 6pm
Friday:   10 - 6pm
Saturday:  10 - 6pm
Sunday:  12 - 5pm
Monday:  Closed

UPDATE: Pickup Process Simplified

Now that the store is open for indoor shopping again, we've also simplified our parking lot pickups process.
No more online form or email orders are necessary!

  • Call 301-924-0024 when you arrive in our parking lot.
  • Stay in your car.
  • We do the rest!

For now, masks are required (and much appreciated) inside our store.

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Find out more here.

Contact Us

The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832


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