Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She founded The Metropolitan Field Guide in 2009 and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications including Crosscut and ParentMap. She holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington in 2016.

She is currently writing a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books.




Field Journal: Pyhä-Luosto National Park – Part 1
O tell her, Swallow, thou that knowest each,  That bright and fierce and fickle is the South,  And dark and true and tender is the...

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Field Journal: Viikki Nature Reserve
One of the most memorable places I visited the last time I was in Helsinki was the Viikki Nature Reserve and I wanted to return...

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Field Journal: Late Summer Dragons at Magnuson
A month ago I attended a dragonfly class at Magnuson Park with dragonfly expert, Dennis Paulson. He talked about the dragonfly’s life cycle during the...

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Field Journal: Harakka Island, Helsinki
Harakka Island is a stone’s throw from the shore in Helsinki and as we waited for the boat to arrive to shuttle us there, I...

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Field Journal: Kivinokka, Helsinki
While we were in Helsinki we visited the Kivinokka area a couple of times because we were staying within easy walking distance of it. The...

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