Support Nesting Birds During Summer Heat!!!

Nature Themed Gifts for Summertime Fun

The Backyard Naturalist has gifts for all ages in every budget.

Shop Small

Please support your favorite small businesses with your patronage.


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


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


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

Along with almost ALL of our wild bird feeders, bird houses and bird baths, here are more of our products 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 Around the World:
Seaglass & Driftwood Wind Chimes from Bali
Haitian Metal Folk Art
Handmade Baskets and Trivets from Rwanda & Uganda
And so many more!

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

Celebrating Our 28th Year

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 almost 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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From The Backyard Blog

  • The Backyard Naturalist - Gray Catbird brings tasty insect to her nestlings. Every backyard can be a habitat for wild birds.World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
    Honor Moms of all species this Mothers Day weekend. It’s the 100th anniversary of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (More about the Treaty Act on our resource page here.) Our wild birds need its protection now, more than ever.…

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‘Best Of’ Montgomery

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Montgomery County, Maryland!!!

Visit Us or Call

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

Email us at thebyn@gmail.com
but phone calls still work best!

Hours:
Mon-Sat 10-6 | Sun 12-5

Convenient free parking directly behind the store.

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Our Mission

For almost 30 years, we've had the same 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.