Birds Need Water (Fresh And NOT FROZEN!) All Year Round

Wild Birds, Winter and Water

Wild birds need water all year round for drinking and bathing — especially in winter. Is your bird bath ready for winter weather?

Heated Baths & De-icers

Eastern Bluebirds share heated bird bath. Ask The Backyard Naturalist how your bird bath can be ice-free.

Shop Small!

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

Gifts for All Ages in Every Budget

The Backyard Naturalist has nature-themed gifts for all ages in every budget. Stop in and see what's new!

Area’s Best Rocks & Mineral Selection

Rock, Mineral & Crystal Specimens and Fossils . . . we have the area's best selection outside the Smithsonian Gift Shop!
And we've just added more.

For Local Sports Fans

Just in! The Nationals' World Series flag is here.
For Redskins, Ravens, Capitals, Nationals and Orioles!!! We have officially licensed flags, mini-flags and doormats.

Thank You for Celebrating this Special Day with Us!

It was a perfect day, for many, many reasons.

Our heartfelt appreciation to each of you who came to visit the store or sent us your best wishes for our 30th anniversary. We are grateful to have each one of you in our lives. Special gratitude for Adventures with Raptors. Being so close to these amazing animals — while being surrounded by so many people who love and honor them — was a unique, humbling and emotional experience that we will always remember.

Thank you for sharing the Love.
Debi and Mike & The Backyard Naturalist Staff

Thank you to our dear friend Marjorie Hollis for capturing this moment.

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:

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‘Best Of’ Montgomery

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

Visit Us or Call

The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832
See the map.

Contact Us:
(301) 924-0024

Email us at
but phone calls still work best!

Mon-Sat 10-6 | Sun 12-5

Convenient free parking directly behind the store.

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Our emails are rare birds and fly in as seasonal reminders carrying noteworthy information. We promise their chicks will never hatch in your InBox.

Our mailing list NEVER migrates, so your info stays private.

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.

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”