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Have you always loved certain animals or plants since childhood? Did you read about an animal that you have never been able to see, but nonetheless had qualities that were mysterious and important to you? I loved owls as a child, and as an adult, I have been on a quest to see them in the wild. Perhaps the animals and plants you have always loved can become the purpose of a quest for you.

Native American traditions of the Canyon Country of the Desert Southwest tell us that no encounter with an animal or plant is random. When you go on a walk through nature, think about which animals and plants capture your attention and meditate upon what their qualities might mean for your life.

Below are some animals and plants that have meaning for me. Learn about the lifestyles, viewing advice, and symbolism related to many of my favorite plants and animals. Go on a quest and tour all of the animals and plants, or choose a link below.

New! Take one or both of our new personality quizzes, a great self-reflection activity for the New Year. Take a fun quiz to find out what animal or plant you most resemble. Sixteen animals and plants are featured! Or take a quiz to find out what Celtic tree you most resemble.

Aloe Alpaca
Alpine Plant (Ruellia ciliata forma depressa) Anemone (Aggregating)
Baby Blue Eyes Wildflower Barnacle (Pelagic)
Barrel Cactus Bighorn Sheep
Black Phoebe Blackberry (Wild)
Bo Tree Bristlecone Pine
Brown Pelican Buckwheat (California)
Bumblebee Burro
Burrowing Owl Bushtit Bird
Camphor Tree Canada Goose
Cat Cedar (Deodar)
Cedar (Western Red) Cholla Cactus
Clownfish Coot (American Coot)
Cone Shell Cormorant
Cottontail Cow
Crab (Mud Crab) Crab (Sand Crab)
Crab (Striped Shore Crab) Creosote
Curlew (Long-Billed) Daffodil
Dandelion Deer
Desert Tortoise Dolphin (Common)
Earthworm Eelgrass
Elderberry Elephant Seal
Elk Fernbush
Fish (Little Colorado Spinedace) Fossil
Frog (Pacific Tree Frog) Geranium (Rose-scented Geranium)
Giant Clam Goat
Great Horned Owl Groundsel
Hawk (Red-shouldered Hawk) Hawk (Red-tailed Hawk)
Horse Horse (Draft Horse)
Holly Huckleberry Plant
Hummingbird (Anna's Hummingbird) Kestrel (American Kestrel)
Jackrabbit Jellyfish
Joshua Tree Jumping Blenny Fish
Juniper Laurel Tree
Lichen Limpet
Lizard Lobster (Squat Lobster)
Lupine Mallard Duck
Manzanita Marsh Rosemary
Milkweed Monterey Cypress
Moss Mourning Dove
Murre (Common Murre) Myrtle Tree
Newt (California Newt) Nutria
Oak Tree Ostrich
Peregrine Phalarope Seabird (Red)
Pheasant (Ring-necked) Pinyon Pine
Poppy (California Poppy) Pumpkin
Quail (California Quail) Raven
Red-legged Frog Roadrunner (Greater)
Robin Rocky Mountain Juniper
Rooster Sage
Sagebrush Lizard Sea Dragon (Leafy)
Sea Hare Sea Otter
Seed Shrimp Sequoia
Sea Turtle Sheep
Slug (Banana) Slug (California Sea Hare)
Snail Snake (Sharp-tailed)
Snow Plant Soap Plant
Sorrel (Redwood) Snowy Egret
Sora (a Marsh Bird) Spider
Squirrel Squirrel (Tassel-eared)
Swallow Surf Grass
Tegula (Turban) Snail Turkey
Turkey Vulture Twinberry
Vaux's Swift Western Bluebird
Western Pond Turtle Willow Tree
Wren Yucca (Our Lord's Candle)
Yellowtail Tour of All Animals and Plants
Quiz: What Animal or Plant Are You? Quiz: What Celtic Tree Are You?
This Month's Field Notes

Find out about a fast bird that has something in common with Santa Claus: it plunges down a chimney and travels across countries.

I saw three pond turtles sunning together in a wildlife refuge in Washington.


Last modified on 10/8/2017 by Sherry Weaver Smith.