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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.
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Cicada Activity Up, Feeder Activity Down
Clean Feeders with Fresh, Quality Seed Always Matter
Quality Bird Seed and Clean Feeders Matter
Empty calories are lost nourishment! Wild birds must be efficient eaters to survive. They seek the best nutritional content available and eat their fill quickly. Feeding birds bread (Please never feed bread!) or seed blends full of ‘filler seed’ is essentially robbing them of opportunities for full nourishment. In winter, a stomach filled with empty calories will not give a wild bird enough energy to stay warm. Read More about “Quality Bird Seed and Clean Feeders Matter”…
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
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MoCo’s Best Gift Shop
Montgomery County, Maryland!!!
Open for Indoor Shopping Again!!! Extended Hours and Simplified Pickups Process!
The Backyard Naturalist store is now re-opened for indoor shopping!
We've also updated and extended our business hours. (See below.)
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!
Wednesday 11 - 6pm
Thursday 11 - 6pm
Friday 11 - 6pm
Saturday 11 - 6pm
Sunday 12 - 5pm
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
We'll be adding more days as we staff up. Yes! The Backyard Naturalist is hiring! Find out more here.
For now, masks are required (and much appreciated) inside our store.
The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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