365 Nature – Day 345

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


I’ve spent so much time in the arboretum during the autumn finding fungi, I have overlooked my own garden. With the adjustment to preschool every day, it’s left less time for our own yard observations. That, coupled with one of the wettest autumns on record, I’ve spend very little time in our yard. I still watch the birds from our windows and so don’t completely neglect our yard, but there’s always far more to see while outside.

Today, while watching the Anna’s Hummingbird at our window feeder, I noticed a mushroom growing along our fence on an old branch. A few years ago a neighbor cut down a tree and I salvaged many of the branches for use in our backyard habitat. Many of them I laid down on the ground and others I stood up on end to create perches for birds. Most of them have grown a particular fungus, although I don’t know what it is. In one grouping of branches, the fungus is thick, clustering on the branches. I can easily tell the fungi that’s grown in past years, it’s brown or green, while the newest fungi is much brighter, with crisp colors.

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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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