This is me, Wilder.  This is my Nature Journal.  Check back every now and then for new entries about outdoor stuff.  I am always coming across something interesting.


Mallard Ducks -

Mallard drake and hen

Mallard Ducks – Mallards are the most numerous species of duck in North America.  If you see ducks, you can bet a mallard drake (male) and hen (female) will be in the mix.  They need open water in winter, like the small patch on this lake that […]

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Mule Deer Doe -

mule deer doe

Mule Deer Doe – This is a color photograph without any color.  During a drought, and during winter, the entire landscape on the plains becomes almost colorless.  So do the animals it seems, as this mule deer doe appears the same brownish-grey as everything else. But the […]

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Turkey Vulture -

turkey vulture

Turkey Vulture – Turkey vultures are scavengers, eating almost any dead animal’s carcass.  Also called buzzards, they win no beauty contests in nature.  They have a bald, red head that is tucked into a black-feathered body, and they have a sharp black beak to stab and rip […]

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Bluebonnets in Winter -

Texas Bluebonnets in winter

Bluebonnets in Winter – Texas Bluebonnets are a special flower.  Most flowers germinate in the spring after the last freeze, but not bluebonnets.  They germinate in the fall, when the rain comes in September or October.  Germination is when the seed starts growing and puts out its […]

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Winter -

winter - ice storm

Winter – Winter is the coldest season of the year, when you have to be tough to be outside.  Winter happens when the earth is rotated farthest from the sun.  It is a time of cold, snow, ice, and indoor fires in the fireplace. There is usually […]

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Steller’s Jay

steller's blue jay

Steller’s Jay – The Steller’s Jay and Blue Jay are easy birds to recognize with their bright blue plumage (plumage is a fancy way to say feathers).  The Steller’s Jay only lives in the Rocky Mountains and in mostly pine forests, while the Blue Jay lives just […]

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