Welcome to Whispers       

Welcome to December's issue of the Dereila Nature Inn newsletter.  
Welcome to Whispers    
A festive American Robin welcomes you this month. 
Hello once again and welcome to Whispers, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn - your virtual nature centre.
2012 seems to have passed by very quickly.  We hope it's been a great year for you and that you've had some wonderful experiences celebrating nature. We really have appreciated all of your support and encouragement and thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.  We'd like to especially welcome and thank our new subscribers this month.

In this issue you'll find links to the newest features at the Nature Inn, some terrific photographs that have been sent in to us as well as trivia, news and tips.  We hope you'll enjoy it all. 

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Trivia Time
Which reptile cannot blink?
You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
What's This?  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Do you know what this cropped close-up photograph is? Put your brain to the test before checking the answer at the end of the newsletter.

Close-ups In Nature     

For more of this type of mystery solving, be sure to visit our pages of Close-ups in Nature.
  New Features at the Inn
Here are the latest additions at the Inn.  Just click on the images and you'll be taken straight to the page. 

Photo Tip #8 - Getting Close with a Mirror
A little mirror can be a handy gadget to have in your camera bag.
Click to visit        

Photo Tips #9 - Using a Homemade Pocket Reflector
Making a little light reflector that slips into your pocket cane be very useful for directing light onto shady subjects.
 Click to visit

Top Loading Suet Feeder
Use a few simple carpentry skills to transform a store-bought suet cage into a much more interesting and attractive suet feeder.    
 Click to visit   

Close-ups in Nature 14
Can you figure out what these mysterious photographs are?
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Find the latest additions on the news/updates page.
Contributed by...
We have another great selection of nature images sent to us this month.
Contributed image    
This beautiful autumn scene was sent in to us
by Herman Veenendall of St. Mary's, Ontario.

Steve Slayton of Lawrenceville, Georgia, submitted
this image of a White-tipped Dove.

This delightful photograph of an adorable chickadee
was contributed to us by Lee Anne Stark from Ontario.   


A frequent contributor to Whispers, Eileen from West Lothian, Scotland, sent
in this super-close photograph of a Common Blue Butterfly for us all to enjoy.



Judy Howle of Columbus, Mississippi, is a treasured regular
contributor and submitted this Yellow-shafted Flicker.


 This stunning butterfly was sent in by Joyce Cahill, Winslow, Arkansas.

We are always amazed at the fabulous photographs that are sent in to us. 
Herman, Steve, Lee Anne, Eileen, Judy and Joyce, many thanks for sending in these images. We really appreciate you taking the time to do so.

   If you would like to see your nature images in our members' section,
simply send us an e-mail. We'd love to hear from you!

Monthly Selections 
Here are this month's choices: 
Bug - Winter Midge; Wildflower - Marsh Violet; Bird - Mourning Dove
Bug of the Month - click to visit       Wildflower of the Month - click to visit       Bird of the Month -  click to visit      
Simply click on the images to visit the pages.
You can also check out the archives as they're just a click away:

Wildflower Archives | Bug Archives | Bird Archives



This month we have selected a page called Tips and Tricks for the Backyard Birder.  Here you'll find lots of great ideas and tips to help you attract even more birds to your feeding station.  You can visit the page by clicking here.

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Pine Siskins

The Wandering Image
This month we wandered down by the sea's shore.

Wandering Image
Two Dunlins, Calidris alpina, wander along the edges of the high tide in
search of a yummy morsel or two to enjoy. The Dunlin is a type of sandpiper.
Caption This! 
Here's our image ready for your humourous caption along with a couple of our ideas. What do you think this Steller's Jay is saying as it manages to get a peanut on a snowy day?

Caption needed!    

Number one: "I know it's no good hiding these things in the snow!"
Number two: "Hey, can't you keep this area cleared?  My feet are getting cold."
If this month's photo inspires you, please send us an e-mail.
We'd love to hear from you and add your caption to our collection.

You can visit the rest of the collections at the Inn:
The Mammals| The Birds | The Insects
Snippets in Nature

Snippets in Nature  

Aripeka Sandhills Preserve is a protected area of swamps and sandhills in western Florida.
This peaceful photograph of such a special place was sent in for us all to enjoy by
Maralyn Flanigan, Florida.

If you think you have a suitable nature photograph for this section please send us an e-mail along with a brief explanation.  We look forward to your submissions.
Behind the Name 
Behind the Name     

Sitka Mistmaidan has the scientific name of Romanzoffia sitchensis. The genus name honours a Russian count, Nikolai Romanzoff, who sponsored scientific expeditions in the 19th century. The species name refers to the fact that the plant was first discovered by Europeans in Alaska's Sitka Sound.

Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
     In a classroom of juvenile ducks, the teacher asked young Tommy Mallard, "What is the chemical formula for water?"
     Quickly, Tommy said, "That's easy! HIJLKMNO."
    "Tommy, we went through this yesterday," said the frustrated teacher. 
    Tommy replied, "I know we did, and you said it was H to O."

   Joke of the Month   

"I heard her, too.  She did say it was H to O."
Notes, News and Tips from Around the Inn
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We invite you to post comments on our Facebook page.  To visit, just click on the logo or here.

A Little Reminder
Tips from the Inn 
As the saying goes, "the early bird catches the worm" but at this time of the year there are not many worms about in many areas, plus not all birds like worms!  A good idea is to put some food out for them in the evening or even after dark so it will be there in the morning for those "early birds."  

Tips from the Inn


Many birds feed by foraging on the ground in search of food. Birds like this Varied Thrush feed on berries and scrounge around for insects.  During the winter they will appreciate a bit of help from you in searching for food.

Hopefully you harvested some berries from the trees and shrubs in your garden earlier in the fall.  We keep them in the freezer for later use. Scatter some around on your deck or in the garden.
This American Robin and a Varied Thrush enjoy some foraging around for the berries.

You can also hang up a bunch of berries for your visitors. 
They won't last long as this Varied Thrush finished off the last ones!


Picture of the Week  

Click to visit picture of the week.


Be sure to drop by the Inn every week to see the latest Picture of the Week. You can also do so by clicking on the image to the left or by clicking here.

Past Issues
 Click to visit the archives. 

We upload past issues of Whispers as new ones are issued.  You can view them all with a simple click here 

Celebrating Nature


 Celebrating Nature Image 
The Christmas Bird Count runs from mid-December through until January.
Click here for details of this event.

 Celebrating Nature Image
This Cactus Wren is here to announce that National Bird Day
is coming up on January 5, 2013. Click here more more information.

Did You Know... 
Did you know image    

 Did you know that pelicans scoop up more than a gallon of water when diving for fish?

State and Provincial Symbols 

State/provincial Emblem Image     

Alaska's state insect is the Four-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly. 
You can see other state and provincial insects by clicking here.

Trivia Answer 

Trivia Answer  

Snakes don't blink since they don't have moveable eyelids.
A clear eyecap scale, something like a contact lens, protects the eye.
What's This? 

What's this answer    

Our mystery image was a real tough one this month. 
It's a Northern Flicker enjoying a splash about in a water dish.
Perhaps you spotted the red patch as a clue!
Nature Notes

Learn more about flowers and by clicking here.       

Spread the Word ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We hope you've enjoyed our newsletter for this month and that you'll forward it on to your nature-loving friends. We would like to send you all the very best of wishes for the holiday season and for a prosperous and peaceful New Year.

Watch for the next issue of Whispers in your inbox during the first week of January 2013. See you then!