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.


wasp & wild buckwheat

Fall – Fall is my favorite season. So many things are happening outdoors and indoors. In the outdoors everything is prepping for winter like this paper wasp on wild buckwheat. She is eating nectar and preparing to hibernate all winter. I see these wasps all the time […]

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Prickly Pear Cactus

prickly pear cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus – This spiky plant’s nickname is “paddle cactus”.  The Prickly Pear has two types of poky thorns; the big, long ones that you see, and small, short ones that you can’t see. They both hurt. One time, on a dare, I stuck my finger […]

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Bobwhite Quail

bobwhite quail

Bobwhite Quail – These beautiful quail got their name from their whistle call that sounds like “bob–white…bob-white”.  I can make their sound pretty good myself. This bird is really shy and it lives on the ground.  Bobwhites live in most of the southern half of the U.S. […]

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Hummingbird Moth

hummingbird moth

Hummingbird Moth – These are big moths that look, act and sound like hummingbirds. When it feeds on the nectar of flowers it hovers in the air and makes a humming noise – which is how it got its name. I hear hummingbirds a lot because my […]

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Hank books

Hank the Cowdog

Hank books – One day at my school the author of the Hank books came by, John R. Erickson, and we had a class assembly. He played his banjo and sang songs from some of the books like “Cats Are Stupid”. That’s what really started me on […]

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Box Turtle

box turtle

Box Turtle – These box turtles show up about everywhere. They cruise around taking their time and enjoying the landscape. They even blink slow if you watch them a little bit. They live everywhere that I have ever been. If I could be an animal, a box […]

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