Top 10 Backyard Ecology Podcast Episodes in 2021

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Show notes:

The first “real” episode of the Backyard Ecology podcast went live on December 3, 2020. (Technically that was episode 2, but I don’t count the introduction episode as a “real” episode because all I was doing was telling you that I was going to start the Backyard Ecology podcast.) This is episode 40, and we are fast approaching 25,000 total downloads. I am excited by how both the Backyard Ecology blog and the Backyard Ecology podcast have grown over the last year, and I am thankful to all my listeners and readers.

In this episode of the Backyard Ecology podcast, I thought it would be fun to review the top 10 most downloaded episodes in 2021. Maybe you’ll find one that you missed, or be reminded of one that you wanted to listen to but then forgot about. Hopefully, you’ll also be reminded of some of the episodes that you really enjoyed.

Also, let me know in the comments what your favorite episode was this year. Was it one of these? Or was it another one that didn’t make the top 10 list? I know there were a lot of good episodes that didn’t quite make the top 10 list.

Top 10 most downloaded Backyard Ecology podcast episodes this year

10) NRCS Programs for Pollinators and Wildlife –

9) Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease –

8) Winter Hummingbirds in the Eastern U.S. –

7) Bats and Bat Houses –

6) Acorns, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and More: Responses to Forest Disturbances –

5) Mysterious Bird Deaths of 2021 –

4) Growing Native Plants in Small Yards –

3) Growing Native Plants: Insights and Stories from 3 Native Plant Nurseries –

2) A Conversation with the Co-Hosts of the Native Plants, Healthy Planet Podcast –

1) Factors that Make Pollinator Gardens More Attractive to Pollinators –

Bonus episode:

Some people prefer listening to podcasts on YouTube, but YouTube views don’t count as downloads. So, for a bonus, I wanted to share the most viewed episode on YouTube. That episode is:


Backyard Ecology: Exploring Nature in Your Backyard
Nature isn’t just “out there.” It’s all around us, including right outside our doors. Hi, my name is Shannon Trimboli, and I am the host of Backyard Ecology. I live in southcentral Kentucky and am a wildlife biologist, educator, author, beekeeper, and owner of a nursery specializing in plants for pollinators and wildlife conservation. I invite you to join me as we ignite our curiosity and natural wonder, explore our yards and communities, and improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat. Learn more or subscribe to my email list at

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