Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She founded The Metropolitan Field Guide Blog in 2009 and has bylines in Crosscut, National Wildlife Magazine, The Open Notebook and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.
She earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon in 2009 and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington in 2016. Kelly continues to take regular classes on a wide variety of nature topics and regularly attends nature talks around the Seattle area.
She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has explored much of the region and investigated the local flora and fauna. Her favorite wildlife to watch are dragonflies and nudibranchs and she writes about her observations in the Field Journal series.
During 2016 she challenged herself to experience and write about nature every day of the year, which she successfully completed in her 365 Nature Project. She had a month-long photo show in early 2017 with photography featuring Seattle’s urban nature.
In 2017 Kelly organized Seattle’s efforts in the national City Nature Challenge, a five day urban bioblitz.
She has practiced what she’s written for years about by creating a wildlife garden in her yard full of native plants, a pollinator garden and a wildlife pond. It is documented in Diary of an Urban Wild Garden.
She is currently working on a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books in Spring 2020.
She is most active on Twitter.