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Our connection to the natural world is just outside our front door—we just need to know where to look. With wonder and a sense of humor, author Kelly Brenner aims to help us rediscover this link to the natural world with her book Nature Obscura, exploring a rich and varied urban landscape and revealing the complex micro-habitats and surprising nature found in the middle of a city.
In a livestreamed conversation with author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Brenner delves into the complex natural worlds of her hometown of Seattle, which has plowed down hills, cut through the land to connect fresh- and saltwater, and paved over much of the rest. From shore to wetland, forest to neighborhood park, graveyard to backyard, Brenner and Haupt expose a diverse range of strange and unknown creatures and uncover the ways our land alterations have impacted nature, for good and bad, through the wildlife and plants that live alongside us. Join Brenner and Haupt for naturalistic stories that meld together in the same way our ecosystems, species, and human history are interconnected across the urban environment.
Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle and the author of Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World. She has been published in Popular Science, Crosscut, National Wildlife Magazine, and The Open Notebook, among others. Brenner also writes on her website metrofieldguide.com about urban nature, books, poetry, folklore, and a variety of other natural history topics.
Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. Her newest book Mozart’s Starling was the winner of the 2018 Washington State Book Award. Lyanda’s previous books include The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild and Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness.
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