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Wildlife Viewing

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) 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 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
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 weather-worn bristlecone pines of the Great Basin in Nevada--and one I photographed in the rain of an Oregon garden.

Frogs have started croaking in the creek in the back of our house and in creeks everywhere around Portland.

Last modified on 5/1/2017 by Sherry Weaver Smith.