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

My book about overlooked urban nature will be out Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books.

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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. 

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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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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. 
Read my essay Web of Possibility on the City Creatures blog.


Artist Profile: Elizabeth Mills
Welcome to the very first edition of a new feature highlighting artists who focus on the natural world. This edition I am pleased to introduce...

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Poem of the Week: The Ocean
By Nathaniel Hawthorne The Ocean has its silent caves,Deep, quiet, and alone;Though there be fury on the waves,Beneath them there is none. The awful spirits...

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Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: Anatomy of a Dragon
There’s nothing that can humble an ‘observant’ naturalist more than nearly walking face-first into a resting darner dragonfly. A few days ago I was walking...

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Poem of the Week: Lamia
By John Keats Do not all charms flyAt the mere touch of cold philosophy?There was an awful rainbow once in heaven:We know her woof, her...

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Field Journal: A New Nudibranch
This time of the year, I check my tide app almost as much as my weather app. Low tide in Seattle means the chance to...

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