Author: Jim Moore

The Eagle Lake Trout – Back From the Brink

By Jim Moore, Entomologist     Long before any human eyes ever gazed upon the pristine beauty of Eagle Lake in Lassen County, its one and only endemic and namesake trout species reigned supreme as the one and only fish-eating predator beneath the surface of its water.  The Eagle Lake Trout is a Rainbow Trout subspecies (Oncorhynchus mykiss aquilarum; with the subspecies name ‘aquilarum’  meaning ‘eagle’ in the Latin language). In those days the trout were not limited to just the lake. The trout would swim up the creeks that flow into the lake to lay their eggs in the...

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Bug Wild -The Pacific Meadow Katydid, Sometimes Heard but Rarely Seen

By Jim Moore, Entomologist     Nor Cal meadows are often very diverse in many kinds of plants and animals. Many of the plant species are readily observable, showing forth their flowers and seed in their appointed season.  However, most of the animal life is rarely if ever observed.  What is usually seen are what I call the three B’s: Birds, Bees and Butterflies; as well as a few dragonflies and other flying insects.     But, hidden within the meadow flora are myriads of small animals! Once, when taking some kids on a hike, along a lush green...

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The Versatile Cattail

By Jim Moore, Entomologist When I first made my home in the Mountain Meadows Basin thirty-some years ago, I, like many new-comers to the Basin, began to acquaint myself with the wonders found within the surrounding woods and mountain meadows. My favorite explorations were along the shore line of Mountain Meadows Reservoir, also called Walker Lake by the local folks.  This is where I had my first close observations of the curious looking Cattail. Occasionally I would cut some brown cattails and bring them home for use in dried flower arrangements. The wildlife, plants and animals, in and around...

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Food From The Wild Elderberries

By Jim Moore, Entomologist Long ago in a far away land in Europe there was a mildly sick little boy. While his mother made him some fragrant Elder flower tea, the friendly old man who lived upstairs told the boy the amazing story of the little Elder Tree Mother.  When the story was finished the boy could not decide whether the story was real or just a dream. Here in Northeastern California, in the midst of a clearing in the woods, near where I live , is a little Blue Elderberry shrub.  I have not found another anywhere around...

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Mounds Of The Red Wood Ant

The Biggest Ant Hill By Jim Moore, Entomologist Somewhere, in a remote corner of the Mountain Meadows Basin, in Lassen County, is monster ant hill at least three feet tall;  the home of Red Wood Ants.  When I first encountered this mega ant hill over twenty-five years ago it was a bit smaller and mound shaped; and it was the only ant mound to be found in the area. Now it is more like a cone shaped ant megalopolis, with three nearby smaller ‘satellite’ ant mound colonies. Our local Red Wood ants maintain sophisticated colonies. They build their mounds...

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