365 Nature – Day 114

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


The photos above are a few insects I’ve found in our backyard over the last week. The shiny green one is a cuckoo wasp, as I learned from contacts on Twitter. The lady beetle is a Western Blood-red Lady Beetle.

On Thursday night I attended Seattle Audubon’s Centennial member meeting and the featured speakers were Craig and Joy Johnson, local bird watchers. Craig is a videographer, artist and photographer while Joy is a writer. They have written a couple of children’s books which we have, Harry the Woodpecker’s Search for a Home and The Amazing Hummingbird Story of Red Rufous as well as four photographic books about birds in the Pacific Northwest. They are a very talented duo.

The Audubon event included a screening of their video, Backyard Birds Habitat that they filmed almost entirely in their backyard on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound. Craig has managed to capture a wide range of bird species as well as some interesting behavior. The row of Bushtit fledglings lined up on a branch brought an audible ‘aw’ from the audience viewing the video.

Their website contains a number of interesting bird videos, below are a couple, including those Bushtits, and a video of a crow dispute.

Bushtit Fledglings from Craig & Joy Johnson on Vimeo.

Corvid Quarrel from Craig & Joy Johnson on Vimeo.

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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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