Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat. She earned a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

Mar 272015
PNW Nature Blog Scavenger Hunt Answers

Many thank you’s to everyone who participated, read the posts and had fun with our Pacific Northwest Nature Blog Scavenger Hunt! We hope you discovered some new blogs to follow and learned something interesting about the Pacific Northwest. Congratulations to the winners! If you didn’t get a chance to participate, the questions and links are still active and we encourage you to read the 17 posts from a wide variety of PNW bloggers. For those who are curious, here are the correct answers to the questions: What fleeting flowers are “here one moment and gone the next”? This answer was found …continue reading

Mar 162015
2015 PNW Nature Blog Scavenger Hunt

UPDATE:: You now have until Sunday, March 22nd to submit your answers! Welcome to the 2015 Pacific Northwest nature blog Scavenger Hunt! You’re invited to participate and win some wonderful prizes (shown below). I’m very pleased to present a wonderful collection of nature bloggers and some fantastic prizes. In the process we hope you find some new blogs to follow, learn a lot about the wonderful and fascinating Pacific Northwest and finally, have a lot of fun! The Rules Find the answers to the questions listed below in the links to the blogs. (We don’t want to make it easy …continue reading

Jan 122015
Urban Species Profile:: Hover Flies

One of my favorite insects to find in the city, and they’re incredibly easy to see if you know what to look for, are the hover flies. The family Syrphidae contains about 6,000 species (890 in North America). They’re known as Syrphid flies but more commonly they’re called hover flies or flower flies, and can be found around the world in a variety of habitats. You’ve possibly seen them but mistaken them for a bee, as many of them resemble them so convincingly, their images are often wrongly used on articles about bees. Look a little closer and you’ll see these are not bees; they …continue reading

Dec 312014
5 Favorite London Photos of 2014

Earlier this year we took a trip to London. It was the second time we’ve visited the city only this time we had a toddler with us which made it a whole different experience. We visited a lot of parks and urban nature which I have unfortunately yet to write about. Here is a highlight of some of the things we saw in London with more thorough posts to come early next year. The London Wetland Centre Last time we visited London we didn’t have time to visit the Wetland Centre, so this time it was on the top of …continue reading

Dec 302014
5 Favorite Backyard Habitat Photos of 2014

When I sat down to write the previous post, 5 Favorite Washington Nature Photos of 2014, I nearly had an anxiety attack trying to pick only a few photos. Instead of putting myself through that, I decided to do a series of three posts and today I’m sharing my 5 favorite photographs I took in my very own yard. When we moved in, the yard consisted of a maple tree, lilac, forsythia and a few odd rhododendrons. The backyard was nearly all lawn. Over the last two years we’ve dug and planted and while it’s still relatively small, the habitat …continue reading

Dec 292014
5 Favorite Washington Nature Photos of 2014

This past year I’ve been lucky to have a lot of great nature experiences and fortunately, had my camera along for a lot of them. Exploring the Pacific Northwest is a never-ending adventure because there is such a diverse amount of habitats and wildlife to see and experience. I’ve ventured into the mountains, into wetlands, across the Sound and onto islands, not to mention all the places in the city, just this year alone. Here are some of my favorite shots I’ve captured from a variety of places in Washington, and why I consider each to be a memorable photo. …continue reading