365 Nature – Day 93

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.


I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the return of the Pacific Chorus Tree Frogs nighttime singing. There’s nothing I’d rather fall asleep to than that sound. This morning I was woken up very early by my little one and while trying to fall back asleep I was serenaded by the sound of the dawn chorus. Spring is a time of beautiful sounds all night long. After the light came up we heard the woodpecker I recorded on Day 91.

Yesterday afternoon my daughter found two little slugs on one of our backyard dandelions and called me over to see. As we watched them, one moved quickly to the edge of a petal and kept creeping forward until it was nearly falling off. I was surprised to see it create a slime tether and start to lower itself off the flower petal. It slimed its way down like a spider until it reached another leaf and started moving along there.

We also spent time yesterday working on our insect hotel, cutting up stems from last year’s goldenrod plants and putting them into the frame I’d made last year, or was it the year before.

Today I was able to finally make a blanket for using outside. I’ve been working at the arboretum during my daughter’s school and I had been sitting on benches. But with the nicer weather, I wanted to start sitting on the ground in the grass or at least have more options in the arboretum of where to sit. I made it from a shower curtain for the underside, to keep everything dry, and flannel for the top. I also made up a snapped carrier with a handle.

This afternoon I worked on reusing some old fencing from the backyard to make a new short fence for our veggie garden to protect from neighbor chickens. I’m planning to get some of our veggies and some seeds before we get some rain tomorrow evening. Busy time in the garden!

 

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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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