365 Nature – Day 59

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.


While sorting out some bookshelves today, I came across a stack of magazines I received from my mom about a year ago. They were hers when she was young and they’d been stashed away for many years in my grandma’s basement. For some reason I started to flip through them and I was delighted to see how many nature articles were inside. The magazine was The Golden Magazine and was published in the 1960’s. I have just over a dozen of them and each one is filled with articles on nature, along with history, science, activities and stories. Each issue has a bird feature and many have additional nature or science articles. I found articles about the desert, how to start various nature collections, how to build a birdhouse, bird feeder or indoor terrarium and many other related pages. Even the fiction stories were frequently about wildlife.

My daughter looking over my shoulder saw the bird coloring pages and requested them for coloring. I offered to make copies of them for her to color. It’s nice to see that she’s enjoying the same magazine that her grandma did.

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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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  1. What a treasure, in terms of the content and the inter-generational connections!

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