365 Nature – Day 106

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We went to Seward Park to explore the central forest area of the park and after last night’s rain it was a lush wonderland. Brown slugs were everywhere on the trails or just to the side, mosses were moist and soft and the lichens were green. We found one lichen that was huge and as green as any I’ve ever seen. Along the same trail we found some Stinging Nettles growing, one in the remaining, still upright trunk of a tree. There was quite a few fungi growing around the park as well.

At one point I thought I heard a Raven again. This time the bird flew over us, above the tree level and it was very large. I managed to get a recording of the call as it flew away this time.

There were a number of Indian Plum plants which had been thoroughly chewed on by something. I searched on the undersides of many but failed to find any caterpillars.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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