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The natural world of the Elko area and the Ruby Mountains

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These articles were originally published as Nature Notes columns in the Elko Daily Free Press

Short articles on common plants, animals, birds and geology of the Elko area, containing interesting facts of our natural world.


Pronghorn traps
Beavers alter streams
Spiky lizards
Baffling dirt mounds
A most unique animal
Elko County's wolverines


Evidence of an ice age
The old time Humboldt River
The springs of Ruby Valley
A hidden glacial feature


Sagebrush leaves
Migrating conifers
Messages in aspen bark
Our pinyon/juniper woodlands
A mother in Native dress


Only in the Ruby Mountains
The swallows of summer
Common hummingbird myths
Sage-grouse need snow
A unique, and strange, bird