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.

Tadpole –


Tadpole – Tadpoles are the larval stage of frogs.  Frogs lay their eggs underwater, which hatch into tiny tadpoles.  They grow large flat tails so they can swim like a fish in their first underwater world, usually a big mud puddle in the Spring. Over time these […]

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American Basket Flower –

American basket flower

American Basket Flower – This purple flower is similar to several species of thorny thistles.  Most people think it is just a bad weed when they see it from a distance.  But unlike all those invading thistles that resemble it, the American basket flower is a native […]

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Mockingbird –


Mockingbird – A mockingbird can reproduce almost any sound it hears in the wild.  Some scientists believe they can then use the new ‘language’ to talk to other animals.  I saw a mockingbird ‘coo’ like the female dove’s call, and three male doves rushed to the scene and […]

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Funnel-web Spider –

funnel-web spider

Funnel-web Spider – This spider builds a small funnel-shaped nest that is always hidden away in the dark shadows of a grass pasture or a tree.  The spider is about the size of a quarter and super fast.  The funnel area of the web traps grasshoppers and […]

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Grizzly Bear –

grizzly bear and cub

Grizzly Bear – Grizzlies are huge, brown, and strong.  Notice the claws on this mature sow.  They are also great parents.  They will do anything to protect their cubs from predators.  Grizzlies are widely known for attacking humans, but this rarely happens.  They only attack humans if […]

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Badger –


Badger – Badgers live in open prairies and the edges of woods and rocky canyons.  They live in these habitats because there are lots of small animals available like mice, squirrels, and groundhogs.  Badgers can dig easily in the soil to get to this underground prey. Badgers […]

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