365 Nature – Day 330

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


On our last weekday off of this holiday break we met some friends from my daughter’s preschool to play and go for a walk. We ventured a little ways into Interlaken Park, very near the arboretum we frequent for school. The kids balanced on logs and picked up cones from a large redwood tree while I spotted a large cup fungus growing out of the side of a downed log. It looked similar to one I found in our backyard this past spring on Day 91. This is at least the third cup fungus I have found this year, the last was a bright orange grouping I found on Day 278.

There was another repeat discovery of something that seems to pop up regularly, a katydid. I’ve seen these katydids around the last few years and a few times this year including on Day 221. They may be Drumming Katydid (Meconema thalassinum), which is an introduced species to North America from Europe.

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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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