Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Author and Naturalist


Life in the city is commonly at odds with our concept of nature, wildlife, and natural beauty—but we're just not paying close enough attention. Nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt shows us how we are always intimately connected to the wilderness and nature, no matter where we choose to live our lives.


The writing of Lyanda Lynn Haupt is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. Her newest book is The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, was published by Little, Brown in fall, 2013. Her previous book, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, was published by Little, Brown in July 2009, and was awarded the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. Lyanda’s first book, Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Sasquatch, 2001), explores the relationship between humans, birds, and ecological understanding, and is a winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award. Her second book, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks, published by Little, Brown, continues to resonate with audiences interested in natural history, Darwin, birds, and their intersection.


Lyanda has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and been a seabird researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Utne, LA Times, Image, Open Spaces, Huffington Post, Wild Earth, and Conservation Biology Journal. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter, and their mixed backyard chicken flock.