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

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.

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.

Ground Control to Major Tardigrade

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Water bears are so sturdy that they probably won’t succumb to nuclear war, global warming, or any astronomical events that wreak havoc on Earth’s atmosphere.

An Easily Identifiable Woodpecker

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The White-headed Woodpecker is easy to identify.

A Fish in Winter

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

One Odd, Spiny Rodent: The Porcupine

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When looking for the porcupine in the “Peterson Field Guide,” I was surprised to see it missing from the section titled “Medium-Sized Mammals” with...

The Buzz About ‘Meat Bees’

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Think those are meat bees buzzing around your picnic? Thing again. They're wasps, and contrary to popular opinion, their presence does not predict a big winter.

Doe, a Deer, a Mule Deer

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Can you spot the mule deer before it migrates east for the winter? Read on for clues.

The Aspen

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If there ever was a tree that was rightly named, it’s the aspen, Populus tremuloides. The trembling aspen, commonly known as the quaking aspen...

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

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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.