K E L L Y  B R E N N E R




NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World will be published April 2020 from Mountaineers Books. Pre-order now on IndieBound, Powells, Third Place Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Book Depository in Europe.

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

I have also written about natural history on this website for a decade. Click on ‘Features’ or go to Articles.


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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. 



Read my latest article Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science on Popular Science
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


Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: Backyard Bees
Below is a sneak peek of this content! On the door of my study hangs a poster of the backyard bees of North America and...

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Field Journal: Valkmusa National Park
The promise of extensive bogs and rare moths and butterflies drew me to my final destination on my tour of Finland’s National Parks. It had...

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5 Marine Biology Books
It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time at the beach looking for and photographing marine invertebrates. Many, if not most, of my...

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Poem of the Week: Winter-Time
By Robert Louis Stevenson Late lies the wintry sun a-bed, A frosty, fiery sleepy-head; Blinks but an hour or two; and then, A blood-red orange,...

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Red-nosed Reindeer: The Story of the Reindeer Snot Bot
Maybe it wasn’t light at all, but something far darker, that turned Rudolph’s nose red. During the peak of summer in the far north of...

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