Sierra Newt – Powerful Water Drive & Deadly Skin

First published June 10, 2017 California and Sierra Newts are native to California. In winter and spring, Sierra Newts in Nevada County respond to an over-powering urge – to return to the pond or stream where they were born. Reproduction Hormones cause this migratory breeding behavior, known as water drive. (The hormone, prolactin, is also responsible for human breast milk production.) The …

Scurvy in California’s Food Capital

First published June 9, 2018 Well before the Gold Rush (by the 1750’s) it was known that eating citrus fruit prevented scurvy scur·vy | ˈskərvē/ | noun – a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds, which particularly affected poorly nourished sailors until the end of the 18th century. “Yet …