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Nature’s Corner allows Moonshine Ink to profile something happening in the great outdoors, either a species of plant or animal or relevant event happening involving nature, or even a person working in nature

Ground Control to Major Tardigrade

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Water bears are so sturdy that they probably won’t succumb to nuclear war, global warming, or any astronomical events that wreak havoc on Earth’s atmosphere.

Getting Ready for Winter

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The beaver has long been thought to be non-native to the Sierra, but new evidence proves otherwise.

Parents! Kids! Explore the Outdoors!

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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) publishes a new children’s nature activity workbook for kids K-5th grade.

A Booming Sound of Spring: The Sooty Grouse

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A note of caution: Being territorial, particularly during the breeding and nesting season, the sooty grouse female will aggressively chase any human in her path.

Exploring the ‘Hitched’ World

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To explore is to get to know that part which is wholly connected to us: the ground beneath our feet, the trees above our bodies, the water that flows into creeks, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Johnny Chickadee Cache

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It’s been said that the little acrobat Chickadee can cache up to one thousand seeds in one day with a potential range of 60,000 to 90,000 seeds in one fall season.

One Small Beetle, One Large Disaster

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What does Truckee/Tahoe's future with the ever-threatening bark beetle look like?

Eyes to a Hidden World

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By the end of the first day Eve had spotted 34 birds, 20 of which she had never seen before.

Jumping Jack Flash, It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas!

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Snow fleas, also known as springtails, can eject themselves into the air up to six inches off the ground, equivalent of a human being jumping over the Eiffel Tower.

Look Down, But Not at Your Phone

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Look down, sure, but not at your phone. Instead, drop your eyes to the ground, now covered with snow, squirrel prints leading from one tree to another, or bobcat prints chasing a snowshoe hare.

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