Shop Our Gift Annex

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

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

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

From The Backyard Blog

2021 Calendars 50% Off

The 2021 Audubon Songbirds Mini Calendar, now 50% off..

Wow, time is flying! Our 2021 Calendars are now 50% off. See our nature themed wall, mini, page-a-day or engagement calendars.

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:

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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.

Online orders are preferred and get priority. They're quick and easy!

Find Order Form and FAQs Here

Phone 301-924-0024


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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Montgomery County, Maryland!!!

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The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832



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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.