Nature's Corner

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

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.

Bombs Away!

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Does extreme cone caching indicate a big winter? Probably not. Overzealous caching more likely reveals a squirrel’s resourcefulness in capitalizing on a big cone crop year.

Thoughts from an Untrained Naturalist

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A life-long education in the great outdoors has taught Eve Quesnel to savor the natural wonders that are all around us.

Walking in Amazement

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You only need to take a walk in your neighborhood to see the wonders of nature.

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.

Kermit’s Sierra Cousin

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You could easily mistake the Sierran treefrog for a piece of granite.

Raining Pine Needles

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Every two to three years, pine and fir trees shed their needles, an event known as a needle drop.

Manzanita Deserves a Little Respect

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With its beautiful pink flowers and its ability to reproduce with the aid of wildfires, the manzanita is one amazing bush.

Smells Like Watermelon

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Pink snow that smells like watermelon? It's no joke, and you'll find it over 10,000 feet.

The Lone Albino

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Tahoe City resident Wolf Schaefer spotted a rare albino fir tree on the North Shore, and an albino redwood has been discovered in Cotati.