365 Nature – Day 40

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.


This 365 Nature project has made me pay even closer attention to nature than I ever had before. I always considered myself a relatively good observer of nature, but as I look for things every single day I’m finding even more that I had previously overlooked. This week I heard the Black-capped Chickadee’s song. They are a constant presence in our yard and their chickadee-dee-dee call is a regular part of the soundtrack to my days. As I’ve paid much closer attention to songs and calls since January however, the first couple days of the chickadee’s whistle has become much more obvious this year. Some people may consider the American Robin’s song as the quintessential song of spring, but today I realized that the chickadee’s simple whistle song is perhaps more of a sign of spring for me. I was able to capture a recording of it this morning.

 

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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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