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  •  What Good Are Wasps?:: A question that is asked regularly this time of the year, here’s what you need to know about the benefits of wasps.
  • Bee Imposter on the Loose:: This interesting post features bee flies which are large, fuzzy flies which are often mistaken for bees.
  • iBook of Common Ants:: A free book about common ants is now available for download in PDF format from Your Wild Life.
  • How to be a Citizen Naturalist:: Fantastic tips for the millennial generation on how to connect with nature.
  • Gardening For Wildlife – Going Potty:: Excellent tips for creating container gardens for wildlife.
  • Wildlife Watch – Activity Sheets:: Illustrated downloadable sheets with a huge variety of activites for kids and adults on interacting with wildlife and creating habitat.
  • Landscaping in the Pacific Northwest – Native Plants (PDF):: Tips for planning and planting a native plant garden.
  • Naturehoods:: “This Naturehoodsapplication explores this variation to characterize how residents might experience nature differently at the neighborhood scale.”
  • The Wide World of Urban Nature:: “Orion assembled a panel of urban ecologists from across North America for a wide-ranging discussion of urban nature and how this fascinating field of study is evolving.”
  • Olmsted Online:: A fascinating database of plans and history of Olmsted Firm designed places.
  • Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa):: “Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to Red Columbine and use their long tongues to lap nectar from inside the flower’s spurs. Smaller pollinators, such as bees, can crawl into the spurs.”
  • The Urban Bestiary: My New Book, Coming in September:: I’m very excited about this new book from the author of Crow Planet. “It is my passionate belief that daily connection with the natural, wild worldmatters.  It makes us more creative, responsive, responsible, imaginative, wild, and happy inhabitants of our home communities. It also allows these communities–made up of humans and myriad other animals—to flourish.  The Urban Bestiary is a song—a symphony, really—in support of this belief.”
  • Roundabouts: Our neglected nature reserves? (PDF):: “Roundabouts are common in our towns and cities but how many of us realise – as we jostle for position and try to avoid being cut up by other drivers – that we are circling a habitat not only startlingly rich in biodiversity but in some cases, full of rare and unusual species of insects.”


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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.


  • Lisa Keith says:

    Love this! As a budding naturalist who works with the public on a regular basis, I so appreciate a place where I can troll for resources with ease, and you deliver with the most intriguing and interesting links. Thank you for your thorough work. – lk