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Nature Obscura

A City's Hidden Natural World

  • 208 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-207-6
  • Feb 26, 2020


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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.

Through explorations of a rich and varied urban landscape, Brenner reveals the complex micro-habitats and surprising nature found in the middle of a city. In 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, she exposes a diverse range of strange and unknown creatures. From shore to wetland, forest to neighborhood park, and graveyard to backyard, Brenner uncovers how our land alterations have impacted nature, for good and bad, through the wildlife and plants that live alongside us, often unseen. These stories meld together, in the same way our ecosystems, species, and human history are interconnected across the urban environment.


  • 208 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-207-6
  • Feb 26, 2020

urban nature; urban naturalist; backyard naturalist; urban ecology; The Nature Fix; urban wildlife; Seattle nature; urban planning; pacific northwest; tardigrade; The Metropolitan Field Guide; water bear; fungus; fungi; mushrooms; forest bathing; Portland nature; moss; moon snail; lichen; crows; backyard pond; bioblitz; crows; Anna’s hummingbird; hummingbirds; Bloedel Reserve; gardening; moss gardening; Backyard Bird Count; bird roosting; sword ferns; algae; diptera; dragonflies; tide pool; barnacles; citizen science; Richard Haag; microscopic life; Dennis Paulson; Dolph Schluter; Seattle Aquarium; Beach Naturalists; Jeremy Chan; slime molds; Myxomycetes; Gulielma Lister; mycelium


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