About Us

Welcome to our backyard!

Who would have thought over thirty years ago when I brought home a “build your own” bird feeder, assembled it, put it out and saw my first Chickadee, that a store would be born!?

Hi, I am Debi Klein co-owner with my husband Mike Klein of The Backyard Naturalist in Olney, Maryland. Opened in 1989, The Backyard Naturalist is the area’s premier independent bird feeding supply and nature book and gift shop. Our store is also one of the longest-established nature stores in the whole country!

It is our aim to provide quality products and knowledgeable service to customers of all ages and experience levels. Our love for what we do is evident throughout the shop. You’ll love our thoughtful and friendly approach to retail. Our staff is always attentive and willing to do what we can to meet your needs.

…We just love what we do.

We often say that we are not just selling bird feeders, but we are opening the window to an appreciation of the natural world in your own backyard. Come on in and join the fun!

Our first wild bird habitat circa 1986.

Our first wild bird habitat, way back in 1986!
Who could have guessed that one bird feeder would lead to opening ‘The Backyard Naturalist’ store in 1989.