Here is a talk I gave to Seattle Audubon members and a discussion with them about Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World.
With wonder and a sense of humor, Nature Obscura author Kelly Brenner aims to help us rediscover our connection to the natural world that is just outside our front door–we just need to know where to look.
In this presentation, Kelly introduces us to some of the wild creatures that live with us, and answers questions from the audience.
When we gaze at a pond we may notice the Red-winged Blackbirds in the cattails, or the frogs singing in the shallows, but how often do we consider what is living in the depths?
There is an entire world living beneath the surface of every pond but we don’t have to put on scuba gear to find out what’s going on down there. Pond dipping is an easy and really fun activity (not just for kids) that can be done all year round. Spring and summer will produce the most wildlife, but even in the cold months, invertebrates like dragonflies are still living down in the depths of the pond, even under a layer of ice.
Finding invertebrates in a pond is easy and you need very little to get started pond dipping.