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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
Dahlia 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?
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This Month's Field Notes

See the wonderful varieties of dahlias grown by Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, OR.

Mushrooms are everywhere: in meadows, on logs, within moss.

Last modified on 11/6/2017 by Sherry Weaver Smith.