NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World will be published Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books.

My freelance writing on natural history has appeared in National Wildlife Magazine, Crosscut, ParentMap and others. You can find them on the Freelance page.

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I am a lifelong naturalist and have been exploring the Pacific Northwest for decades. My interest began with birds and expanded to encompass all natural history from the tide pools to the forest. Although I observe everything, I have favorites, dragonflies, slime mold and nudibranchs in particular. 

View the Field Journal posts documenting my nature observations.

View all the posts from my 365 Nature Project

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I have spent years photographing nature, from trees to chickadees. Although I focus my lens on everything, I have a particular interest in macro photography looking at invertebrates. 

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You can now buy prints of some of my photos in my Etsy Shop.
I was on KUOW talking crows vs eagles and other urban animals. In a wildlife fight, who wins against a crow? 
You can now play every past #StreetCreatures quiz here, just go to ‘Street Creatures‘ on the menu.
My Twitter game #StreetCreatures was featured on The Verge: Test your animal knowledge with these challenges on Twitter
My article Writing When on the Autism Spectrum was the inaugural piece in The Open Notebook’s ‘Diverse Voices’ series. 


Field Journal: Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park
Below is a sneak peek of this content! This summer when I was in Finland, I had the opportunity to do some solo exploring from...

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Poem of the Week: Death of a Naturalist
By Seamus Heaney All year the flax-dam festered in the heartOf the townland; green and heavy headedFlax had rotted there, weighted down by huge sods.Daily...

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Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: Wildlife Pond
The birds and the bees are great, but what I’ve wanted since I started transforming a featureless backyard into wildlife habitat, was a pond. I...

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Poem of the Week: Strange Sea
By Edith Södergran (In two translations from Swedish to English.) Version 1 Strange fishes glide in the depths,unfamiliar flowers glow on the shore;I have seen...

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How to Find Tardigrades
They have become infamous as some of the toughest organisms on earth. They can survive the vacuum of space, they withstand doses of radiation that...

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