Welcome to Whispers
As the season changes, so does the appearance of the forest floor.
New growth bursts forth while moss covers the dying roots of once huge trees.

Welcome to the 25th issue of Whispers, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn - your cyber nature centre. 

Thank-you once again for supporting this project and subscribing to our newsletter. This month we have some new photos for you to enjoy, a bit of trivia and several new features to tell you about. We hope you like what you find!
Trivia Time
Here's this month's trivia question:

In the early days of the textile industry, when massive looms were employed, which plant was found to be useful?

You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
What's This?  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here's a close-up of a small section of one of nature's unique creations. Do you know which one it is?

Close-ups In Nature

You'll find the answer below.
Be sure to visit our pages of Close-ups in Nature.
New Features at the Inn
This month we have added pages on mammals, a special place and a guide to marine life.  Click on the images below to visit the pages.

Walking in the Wild
Three mammals have been added to this series.  

Rock Squirrel  Mule Deer  Red Squirrel

Click to visit.
Watson Lake, Arizona  
Take a virtual tour of this strange place of water and curious rock formations in the latest addition in our series of special places.

Click to visit.
Marine Life At-A-Glance Guide

Discover a variety of astounding marine species in this pictorial guide.

To see the latest postings at the Inn as they are added, visit the news and updates page.
Contributed by...
As a community of nature enthusiasts exchanging ideas, stories, tips and images, we invite you to submit nature images to this part of our monthly newsletter. 

Contributed image 1  Image 2

From the digital albums of Judy Howle in Columbus MI we have two more
amazing images.  Judy's pictures are of Bald Eagles with their nest and young.

Contributed Image  Contributed image
We are also honoured to include two more photographs from the water world of Dr. R Walker. These fascinating tropical fish come from the islands of Palau, near the Philippines.

Many thanks to Judy and Rob for sending in these wonderful photographs! 

If you would like to see your image as part of our members' section,
simply send us an e-mail.

Monthly Selections 
Each month we select a bird, bug and wildflower of the month. Here are this month's choices:

Insect of the Month  Flower of the Month  Bird of the Month
Click on the images to visit the page and don't forget that we welcome your suggestions for future selections, even if you don't have an image to supply for us. Please send your ideas to us by e-mail.

And a reminder that the year's archives for each are just a click away:

Wildflower Archives | Bug Archives | Bird Archives

The Wandering Image
This month we wander down to the beach.

Wandering Image

The Hermit Crab is a strange seashore creature as it likes to live in snail shells. 
Our photograph shows other creatures enjoying the easy life as they are
chauffeured around on the Hermit Crab's chosen shell.
Snippets in Nature ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Snippets in Nature image

The wild and amazing coast of Oregon is a nature-lover's paradise. 
This is the beach at Devil's Elbow. It's a wonderful spot for beachcombing,
exploring rocky outcrops and doing a spot of birding.
Caption This! 
Here's is this month's image that is waiting for a funny caption. What do you think these two ants are saying?  To get you started, we've given you a couple of suggestions.  

Caption needed!

Number one: "Hey!  Have you heard the latest?"
Number two: "Do you come here very often?"

Penny from Toronto sent in the following photograph and caption:

Caption this image
"Im not speaking to you.""

If you have any suggestions for additional funny captions to these photographs, 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
Behind the Name 
In this section we examine the meanings of the scientific names given to organisms. 

Behind the Name image

This is Wild Garlic, Allium vineale.

Allium simply means onion or garlic. The vineale part of the name doesn't mean that it is a vine, but rather the plant's orginial association with growing in vineyards. It's native to Europe but has been introduced to North America.

Allium vineale is sometimes also called Wild Onion or Crow Garlic but when using its scientific name, everyone knows exactly which plant is being referred to. 
Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A teacher takes her young children to the local library for story telling and to pick a book that they would like. One little boy picks up a book and takes it to the teacher. It is called Guide for all Mothers.

The teacher asks, "Is it for your mother?"

"No, it's for me," the boy replies. "I started watching and photographing moths last week. I'm a new moth-er."

Joke of the Month photo

This moth just seems to be saying, "Boy, the things we have to put up with these days!"
Notes from Around the Inn
A Friendly Reminder
Keep an eye out for new-borns as they become a little more bolder and start to explore their world.


Images Wanted!
We are trying to complete our state/provincial birds, flowers, insects and butterfly pages.  If you can help us our with any images, here is what we still need:

Insects - visit the page
AK - Four Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly
AZ - Two Tailed Butterfly
CA - California Dogface Butterfly
CO - Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
MD - Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly,
NM - Tarantula Hawk Wasp    
OR - Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

Flowers - visit the page
NWT - Mountain Avens 
NU - Purple Saxifrage 
SK - Western Red Lily
MT - Bitterroot

Birds - visit the page
NWT - Gyrfalcon
CO - Lark Bunting
DE - Blue Hen Chicken
RI - Rhode Island Red Hen

State Butterflies - visit the page
AZ - Two Tailed Butterfly,
AR - Diana fritillary butterfly
NH - Karner Blue Butterfly
NM - Sandia Hairstreak
TN - Zebra Swallowtail
WY - Sheridan's Green Hairstreak 

If you can help with any of these image, please send us an e-mail.  Many thanks!
Past Issues and the Next Issue

We upload past issues of  Whispers as new ones are issued.  You can view them all with a simple click here
Our next issue will be in your inbox during the first week of July.  Until then we hope you'll enjoy many wonderful moments in nature.
Nature Notes

To learn more about birds and their bills, click here.

Trivia Answer 
The Fuller's Teasel was formerly widely used in textile processing, providing a natural comb for cleaning, aligning and raising the nap on fabrics, particularly wool. The dried flower heads were attached to spindles, wheels, or cylinders, sometimes called teasel frames.

Trivia Answer Trivia image

 These pictures show the flowers and the dried seed head.
What's This? 
Here's the answer: 

What's this answer

It's a section of the fungus Fire Morel, Morchella elata. Were you close? 

Find out more about the amazing world of fungi by visiting our Fungi At-A-Glance gallery.
We thought the name Whispers well-represented the things we love so much in natural world around us: the sounds and changes in nature carried by the wind; the subtle passing of the seasons; the calming serenity of a wildflower garden and the gentle quietness of the forest.  Next time you're in a special place in nature, listen to the whispers.
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!
Until next time, best wishes from your friends at the Dereila Nature Inn - the Cyber Nature Centre for Nature Lovers.