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  • Course Changes Rough on Residents:: An interesting article about the attempt of a golf course to provide habitat and the challenges faced from the neighbors.
  • Photo From the Field:: A blog post documenting the installation of a nestbox for Peregrine Falcons on a water tower from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
  • Why We Must Learn to Love Weeds:: This is a really interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about the concept of a weed and what that does or doesn’t mean.
  • Toads’ epic journey for life, renewal threatened by Highway 6 traffic at Summit Lake:: Here is an article that features the annual movement of toads from uplands to wetlands and their dangerous route across a busy highway that at times kills so many toads the road must be sanded to combat the slick corpses.
  • Friday 5: Leafcutter Bee Nest Caps:: A really interesting post from the Dragonfly Woman blog featuring the many types of caps used in by various species of leafcutter bees.
  • North Portland’s Kenton – it’s for the birds:: Vaux’s swifts have recently started to visit another site in Portland, while not as big or famous as the roost at Chapman Elementary, 2,000 were counted there last fall.
  • City Kestrels:: This is a really interesting blog post from the Backyard and Beyond blog about urban Kestrels nesting in un-maintained spaces in buildings.
  • Paint the city green:: This article challenges the idea that development and nature are always in conflict and gives some good examples of how nature can be preserved and how that benefits and improves the development in turn.
  • What I mean when I say, ‘Naturalist’:: This is a great post from the Wild Pacific Northwest blog looking at the definition of ‘Naturalist’, what it means and doesn’t mean and gives a great refined definition of the word and concept.
  • Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK:: The National Ecosystem Assessment suggests the value of nature, from ecosystem services such as clean air and food, to culture and health is worth billions in the UK alone.
  • Goodbye to grass:: This article features several homeowners who have ditched the grass for a landscaped yard.

  • Like moths to a flame:: A fascinating look at the relationship between insects and artificial light and how it affects their ecology.



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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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