Welcome to February's issue of the Dereila Nature Inn newsletter.
The temperate rainforest with its massive trees on which mosses and lichens
hang welcomes you this month, as winter starts to fade away on the west coast.
Hello everyone once again and welcome to the latest issue of Whispers
, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn
- your virtual nature centre.
Many thanks for subscribing; we really appreciate your support. We have a few new subscribers this month and would like to say a special hello to you.
We would like to remind you also that we are now on Facebook and invite you to post comments and photographs.
Which bird sits down to bathe?
You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
Do you know what this cropped close-up photograph is? You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
|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.
Special Places in the Natural World: Great Basin National Park
Take a virtual tour of this amazing place in Nevada.
Ice Cream Cone Feeder Project
In this simple project an ice cream cone is smothered with peanut butter and bird seed to make an interesting feeder.
Wildflowers At-A-Glance: Mixed and Other Coloured Flowers
This gallery has a variety of colourful wildflowers from our photo library.
Flowers of Hawaii Crossword
You'll find a selection of exotic and colourful flowers in this interactive crossword.
We invite you to submit nature photographs to this section. We've got another great selection this month.
From Shahbaz Hasan of Karachi, Pakistan a rainbow
over Karachi which is a rather rare sighting there.
Eileen of West Lothian, Scotland spotted these playful-looking
and curious puffins near the mouth of a burrow.
Icebergs on Hudson Bay Beach, from Jonathan Schnurr, Suwanee, GA, USA.
Tony and Penny of Toronto got a super snap of a Humpback Whale while in Mexico.
Many thanks everyone for your wonderful photographs!
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!
Here are this month's choices:
Bug - Spilomyia interrupta
; Wildflower - Gumweed; Bird - Muscovy Duck.
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
|The Wandering Image
Giant Acorn Barnacle, Balanus nubilus
Barnacles close up when the tides go out and wait patiently for the water to return. Then they feed incessantly on drifting plankton by waving about a hand-like appendage called a cirri. They will quickly close up when a predator or even a shadow appears.
Here's our monthly image ready for your humourous caption along with a couple of our ideas.
Number one: "They could move it a little closer."
Number two: "I love this type of exercise."
If this 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
Winyah Bay near Georgetown, South Carolina by Deb Smith of Summerville, SC
We invite you to send us pictures of your favourite places in nature for this section. It could be of a favourite pond, waterfall or forest trail. Perhaps it's a valley, mountain, coastal scene or special national park holiday destination.
thank you Deb for your submission!
If you think you have a suitable photograph please send us an e-mail
with a brief explanation. We look forward to your ideas and submissions.
|Behind the Name
Tall White Bog Orchid, Habenaria dilatata
, is a tall growing plant which likes a damp environment, as its common name suggests. Its scientific name focuses on the structure of the flowers. Habenaria
comes from a Latin word meaning "rein" as the flower has rein-like structures. Dilatata
means "dilated" as the lip of the flower is expanded (or dilated) at its base.
Source: Alpine Beauty
by N.L. Jennings, Rocky Mountain Books.
Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
One day a tiger woke up feeling great, proud and confident. He went out and roared at a monkey, "WHO IS THE MIGHTIEST OF ALL THE JUNGLE ANIMALS?"
The quaking little monkey replied, "You are. No one is mightier than you."
Later that day the tiger confronted a deer and bellowed out, "WHO IS THE GREATEST AND STRONGEST OF ALL THE JUNGLE ANIMALS?"
Barely able to speak, the deer whispered, "Oh great tiger. You are."
The tiger swaggered up to an elephant and roared at the top of his voice, "WHO IS THE MIGHTIEST OF ALL THE ANIMALS IN THE JUNGLE?"
The elephant grabbed the tiger with his trunk, slammed him down, picked him up again, shook him and threw him into a nearby tree.
The bewildered tiger staggered to his feet and looked up at the elephant and said, "Man, just because you don't know the answer, you don't have to get so upset."
"You caught me on a bad day."
|Notes, News and Tips from Around the Inn
We invite you to post comments, suggestions and participate in discussions on our new Facebook page. To visit, just click on the logo or here
A Little Reminder
If you live in an area that has an early nesting season, now is the time to start putting out nesting material for birds. Some ideas include hair from hairbrushes and fluff from the laundry dryer.
Tips from the Inn
It can be easy to get birds to perch in a particular spot so that you can get some good photographs. Using a natural prop and some food as a bribe is one method.
Here we placed a few berries in a recess in a log. We'd collected the berries in the fall and froze them for later use. You could use other food like bird seed or peanuts. The aim here is to try and entice a bird to perch on the log which is placed in easy camera range.
The most curious of the birds quickly found the new food.
An American Robin was one of the first to grab a berry.
We quickly snapped a picture while it was still standing there.
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
We upload past issues of Whispers
as new ones are issued. You can view them all with a simple click here
The Yellowstone River winds its way through a canyon of yellow rock in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Starting in the high country of the park, the Yellowstone flows northeast across the plains of Montana and into the Missouri River, a distance of over 692 miles/ 1,114 km. From there, water will flow vast distances and gradually drain into the Gulf of Mexico. The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in America's lower 48 states.
|Did You Know...
Did you know that you can sometimes tell whether an insect is male or female by the eyes? The eyes of the male (left) Hover Fly, Eupeodes sp., are close together, just about touching. The female's eyes are further apart.
|State and Provincial Symbols
The Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus
, has a great following as the states of Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Texas and Minnesota have all chosen it for their official insect. Vermont and West Virginia have selected the Monarch for their state butterfly.
You will find more in our collection of state and provincial insects by clicking here.
The flamingo sits down to bathe and rest, otherwise it stands on one or both legs.
This month's mystery picture is the
larva of an Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio zelicaon.
Spread the Word ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Watch for the next issue of Whispers in your inbox during the first week of March. See you then!