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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.

Union Bay is just north of the arboretum in Seattle and today I walked along Marsh and Foster Islands. Sitting in a tree to greet me was a Bald Eagle, overlooking the UW rowing practice, and probably the ducks as well. As I watched the Bald Eagle a large NOAA ship passed by, certainly not something I see everyday on Union Bay. The warm, sunny weather on a Friday afternoon brought out quite a number of recreation boats as well and there was not much to see on the bay because of the steady traffic. I was lucky enough to watch a Great Blue Heron fly in near me and land behind the boardwalk.

I listened to many birds singing on Marsh Island, notably an American Goldfinch. I later caught a recording of a Belted Kingfisher as it was disturbed and flew away.

Back up near my daughter’s classroom I found more fungus which looked similar to the kind we found in our backyard yesterday.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction. Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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