365 Nature – Day 89

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 morning dawned cold and foggy, but the sun burned off both before too long. After running some errands, we walked down to Pritchard Beach and found the level of Lake Washington had been raised even higher, the waves broke up high on the beach, leaving almost no sand. Luckily for us, there was a small area of sand to the south end of the beach and it was there I found some interesting tracks. Aside from people and dogs, there were a number of various sizes of three toed tracks, birds I’m guessing. I confess I’m a beginner when it comes to tracks and I can’t quite decide what to make of these. They seem to have three short toes forward, and it must have been fairly heavy because the tracks are relatively deep. But they also have a long mark behind them that I can’t quite understand. There were some other tracks that looked like herons, three long toes forward and one back. But these other ones stumped me. It’s nice to always have so much to learn about nature, even right in the city.

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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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