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.
Raining Pine Needles
Every two to three years, pine and fir trees shed their needles, an event known as a needle drop.
The Quintessential Mountain Bird
The red-tailed hawk is the prototypical mountain bird.
The tridentatas - sagebrush and bitterbrush - are synonomous with the West and provide the major groundcover for Tahoe.