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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

Camouflaged in Winter White

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The Tahoe area has four animals that turn white in winter - a jackrabbit, hare, weasel, and bird.

Which Tree Is Which?

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The Jeffrey and ponderosa pine trees may look alike, but there are subtle differences.

Gone from Tahoe: The American Pika

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“With high metabolic rates and thick fur, pikas are well-adapted to the cold temperatures at high elevations, but these same adaptations make them vulnerable to global warming” (Joseph Stewart, 2017 study on pikas in the Tahoe region).

Forest Foraging

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Stir fry, add to a pizza or concoct a sweet jam with some delectable edible plants found right here in the Sierra. They’re out of this world — or more like “out of the wild!”

Sierra’s Masked Bandit

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The raccoon is one of the most common forest creatures, but some of its traits are anything but.

The Bluebird Landladies

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Every spring for the past two decades, citizen scientists Ann McBride and Patty Evans have monitored egg counts in 50 bluebird boxes they had placed in Martis Valley and the Kyburz Meadow area. “You never know what you’ll find in the boxes — it’s like Christmas,” says McBride. While this labor of love requires tenacity and hard work, Evans wouldn’t have it any other way. She adds, “It’s magical every year.”

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.

Raise. Rehabilitate. Release.

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in South Lake Tahoe is neither a zoo nor a sanctuary, but a rehabilitation site that takes in abandoned and injured animals and birds. After medical attention and care, LTWC releases wildlife back into the wild.

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.

Pine Sex

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Not enough elbow room in your kitchen? We asked three food truck chefs tips for cooking up great cuisine in cramped quarters.