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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

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.

Crouching Bobcat, Hidden Lion

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Bobcat, lynx, cougar, mountain lion: What’s the difference? Moonshine Ink’s longtime columnist Eve Quesnel has the answers.

Which Tree Is Which?

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

The Ants Go Marching One by One

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It might seem harsh to describe diminutive insect like the ant as “savage” and “fierce,” until you learn that they are, or can be, brutally vicious creatures.

A Fish in Winter

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What do fish do in winter? They slow down and wait for spring. Some even hide.

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!”

Puddle Jumpers

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You can't miss the pale swallowtail, one of the bigger butterflies in Tahoe

When the Smoke Clears

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As wildfires have exploded in size in recent years, far surpassing historical definitions, are Tahoe’s flora and fauna able not only to survive, but also to thrive?

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.

John Muir’s “Squirrel of Squirrels”

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The Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii), aka the chickaree, aka the animal that “Peterson Field Guide Mammals of North America” calls “the noisy little squirrel...