One of the pure pleasures of Lake Tahoe is its beautiful wilderness and wild creatures. From squirrels twittering up a giant Sequoia tree to tiny birds hopping among lofty branches, from grand golden eagles soaring above the snow-capped peaks to big, furry bears rumbling along the forest floor, Lake Tahoe is filled with flora and fauna that deserve admiration and respect.
That is why all of us locals were so happy when in 2010 a new organization called Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) was created to support the wild habitat that is precious to the Sierra Mountains. One of the co-founders, Will Richardson, happens to be an old roommate of mine from days of long ago. I was so excited to hear that he was spearheading this impressive endeavor and even more impressed to see how it has flourished through the years.
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is teaching children and adults about the beauty and diversity of the Lake Tahoe forests and why it is so important to protect them. The institute also has many great plans for the future. I asked Will if he could share more with readers about this exciting opportunity for learning about our beloved Lake Tahoe. He was happy to oblige and shared a ton of interesting tidbits, including where the idea came from to create such a lofty endeavor, what positivity it has provided for the Lake Tahoe natural habitat and what ways locals and visitors can get involved and learn more about our treasured outdoors.
Here's what he had to say ...