Dereila Nature Inn
Welcome to the fourth issue of Whispers - the newsletter of Dereila Nature Inn. Thank you so very much for subscribing and continuing to support our growing project. The lazy months of summer have meant traveling, holidays and vacations for many, including us at the Inn. We hope your summer is a time of wonderful encounters and experiences with nature.
Monthly Selections 
Every month we highlight a bug, wildflower and bird - and here are the selections for August:

To visit the page and see larger images as well asbrief write-ups, just click on the pictures.

Be sure to also check out the appropriate archive pages to see the previous selections. We also invite you suggest nominees for up-coming choices.
Notes from the Inn ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

>> We are pleased to have been added to the links page of Nature Canada - a fabulous site dedicated to preserve and protect Canada's nature. Visit site by clicking on the image.
>> Our forum is a great place to chat with other nature lovers, post images you've taken and exchange notes, questions and ideas. If you haven't visited it recently or would like to join - just click here.

>> Visitors - We are pleased to report that the Inn has now been visited by a total of 36 states including these recent ones: Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Delaware, Idaho plus the District of Columbia. Thanks for passing the word around about the Inn.

>> Many thanks to everyone for submitting your ideas, comments, feedback and contributions. If you'd like to be part of our project a great starting point is one of our two "Caption This!" pages. We have put together a selection of interesting images featuring mammals or birds - all just waiting for your humourous captions. To visit the pages, click on the images below.

>> Images wanted - We're still working on updating our state/provincial birds page and are in desperate need of many images. If you have any that you'd like to donate to our project, please send them to us by e-mail. We will be more than happy to make an acknowledgment of your contribution.

>> Past Issues - Previous issues of this newsletter are available online - simply click here. Each time a newsletter is issued, the previous one is posted on the Inn's website.
The Wandering Image
During our wandering search for an image for the August, we came across a female Pileated woodpecker.

About the size of a crow and the largest of the North American woodpeckers, the Pileated Woodpecker often seen in the woods where it wreaks havoc with many an old tree as it chops away at them for pure pleasure. It is a cautious bird, therefore making it difficult to approach close enough for a photograph. Our staff photographer however, caught this female in the viewfinder and chose it as this month's wandering image.

Snippets in Nature ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Our monthly choice - Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls is a wonderful site that so many people miss as they head south through Oregon to California on Interstate 5. It is located about a 30 minutes from Portland. At a height of 611 feet, the water is a roaring cascade which shows you the full power and beauty of nature. Created by springs and the melting snows on Larch Mountain, the water flows to an icy trickle in winter. There is a short walk from the parking lot to the viewing area and for the more adventurous, a trail to the top. Most of the visitors however, walk only to the bridge on a paved walkway which spans the first tier.
Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks to Tony of Toronto who sent in this submission to give us all a chuckle.

Alaska Department of Game and Wildlife Bulletin


In light of increasing frequency of bear/human contact the department is advising hunters, fishermen, hikers and all others planning on participating in outdoor activities to take extra precautions and be more alert for bears while in the wild this summer. It is advisable to be 'noisy' in bear areas. Talking aloud, clattering equipment and even the wearing of bells or frequent use of a whistle will alert bears of your presence and assist in not startling them. Simply put, bears do not like being startled.


Bear dung is another good indicator if they are present. Black bears, which have been less of a problem, will show obvious signs of berries and vegetation in their droppings. The scent is not especially strong so, be visually aware. Grizzly dung typically produces a stronger odor. While sometimes present, berries evidence is not as prevalent as bells and whistles.


We'd love to have more clean jokes for our newsletter and also the Inn's website. Please send us an e-mail.

Shop with Us ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Don't forget to check out the amazon/dereila bookshop. You'll find a super selection of nature books and guides. See what's in the store for you by clicking on the image.
Spread the Word ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please spread the word about our project by passing on our website information to friends and other nature lovers.  You can also forward this newsletter by clicking on the "forward e-mail" link at the bottom of this newsletter.

Any other ideas and suggestions are always welcome.  Send us an e-mail!
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Until next time, best wishes from the Dereila Nature Inn.