Shop Our Holiday Annex

The Backyard Naturalist Holiday Annex offers safer shopping while our main building is closed to the public.

Ask us for a tour!
See our favorite holiday gift items and more, in person, in our building next door! For a sneak peek, see our Holiday Annex page!

Although our main store (closed to the public for now) is too snug for socially-distanced activity, the Annex has just enough space for 2-3 individuals wearing masks (including a member of The Backyard Naturalist team) to maneuver six feet apart.

Wild Birds Must Maximize Nutrition at Each Feeding Opportunity

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”

Shop Small!

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

2021 Calendars are Here!

See our bird baths and more in our annex.

Ready to toss out 2020 for a new year? We are, too! Start with a fresh 2021 wall, mini, page-a-day or engagement calendar.

From The Backyard Blog

  • Image of Pine Siskin feeding upside down, with text What's Up with Pine Siskins?Pine Siskins are here and they’re hungry!
    They’re also not alone. We’re witnessing what is likely to be the biggest Pine Siskin irruption in recorded history. It’s not just Pine Siskins! They’re being joined by Red-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches, Redpolls and Crossbills.  And here’s yet another unusual happening

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 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:

Our Mission

For 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.

The Backyard Blog Archive

Shop Us Via Safe, No-Contact Parking Lot Pickups

We are offering safe, no-contact parking lot pickups while our store is closed to the public.

Find Order Form and FAQs Here


Hours for our no-contact parking lot pickups are currently:

Monday  12- 5pm
Wednesday  12- 5pm
Friday  12- 5pm
Saturday  12- 5pm

The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832

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The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832



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