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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) Baby Blue Eyes Wildflower
Barnacle (Pelagic) Barrel Cactus
Bighorn Sheep Black Phoebe
Blackberry (Wild) Bo Tree
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 the story of mourning doves who nested in our backyard when we lived in Northern California.

At dawn, there are gatherings of crows in the misty woods behind the sleepy houses of suburban Portland.


Last modified on 3/9/2017 by Sherry Weaver Smith.