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

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


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


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.

The Ants Go Marching One by One


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.

Wild for Wildflowers


Despite the drought, conditions were ripe for an amazing wildflower season.

The Lone Albino


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

A Bee for a Bellhop and a Chipmunk Concierge


Insect hotels are one way to beautify your yard while making an attractive getaway for bugs and bees.

Mostly Just Passing Through


The sandhill crane was spotted in Truckee this fall as they migrated to California’s Central Valley for the winter.

Sierra’s Masked Bandit


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

Thoughts from an Untrained Naturalist


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

Let’s Go Birding!


Tahoe Institute for Natural Science's Big Year, which enlists locals and visitors' help to chronicle every bird species in the Tahoe area, begins Jan. 1.