Welcome to May's issue of the Dereila Nature Inn newsletter.
Welcome to Whispers

As we move into May a cheerful White-crowned Sparrow heralds in
this exciting time of the year in the world of nature.
Welcome to another edition of Whispers, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn - your cyber nature centre where we celebrate nature and photography every month with trivia, tips and site updates. 

We've had several new subscribers since our last issue and want to say a warm hello.  Many thanks to everyone for supporting our project!  We hope that as we move into longer and warmer days that you are able to enjoy the natural world around you wherever you may be.
Trivia Time
Here's this month's trivia question: Besides the hummingbird, which other bird cannot walk?

You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
What's This?
Do you know what this mysterious close-up picture is?

Close-ups In Nature

You'll find the answer below. 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 features at the Inn which we hope you'll enjoy.

Clicking on the images will take you straight to the page.
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Birds of North America Crossword  - Ducks
If you enjoy doing our crosswords try your hand at this one which features 15 different dabbling and diving ducks.
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Birds of North American Crossword - Shorebirds

How well can you identify these birds? 
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At-A-Glance Guide to Fungi

Explore the amazing word of mushrooms and toadstools!  We've expanding our At-A-Glance Guide with lots of new photographs.
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Special Places in the Natural World 

Come with us to the Grand Canyon of Hawaii: Waimea. 

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Earth Day 2010
Numerous people joined in our Earth Day 2010 photographic celebration and you can see their great photographs by clicking here.

To see the latest postings at the Inn as they are added visit the news and updates page.
Contributed by...
We invite you to submit nature photographs to this part of our newsletter.
This month we continue with some excellent images of underwater animals taken by Rob Walker of Victoria, BC. These were taken in Barkley Sound, on the west coast of British Columbia.

Contributed image 

Above is an Orange-Peel Nudibranch. We are very lucky to have these contributions from Rob as many of us do not get the opportunity to see these fascinating creatures.
.Contributed Image 
This fantastic photograph is a Rose Anemone.
Thanks Rob for another enjoyable selection of pictures!
  Contributed image
This Black Pheasant was photgraphed in Scotland by Eileen of West Lothian
who is becomng one of our regular contributors.
Contributed image
 This Red-breasted Woodpecker image was sent in to us by
Gail Freiherr of Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Many thanks for taking the time and sending in your 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!
Monthly Selections 
Each month we select a bug, wildflower and bird of the month. Here are this month's choices: Bug - Mayfly; Wildflower - European Bittersweet; Bird - Marsh Wren.

Insect of the Month  Flower of the Month  Bird of the Month
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
This month we learn a bit about Mining or Digger Bees. 

Wandering Image

Unlike the Honey Bee, Mining bees are solitary bees and nest in burrows in the ground. Each mining bee female usually digs her own individual burrow to rear her own young.
This is an female Andrenid Mining Bee digging her nest.
You can learn more about bees, wasps and their relative by clicking here.
Snippets in Nature ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Snippets in Nature image

This month we head up to the Canadian Rockies and visit Peyto Lake in Alberta's Banff National Park.  The stunning colours of the lake are caused by tiny particles of glacial sediment which are called Rock Flour. 

See more photographs of Banff by clicking here.
Caption This! 
We hope you'll have  some interesting and humourous captions to go with this month's image of a Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

Caption needed!

We'll give you a couple of ideas to get you going:
Number one: "Yoohoo! I'm home!"
Number two: "Knock-knock.  This is housekeeping."

If you have any suggestions for additional funny captions, 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 behind scientific names.

Behind the Name image

This polypore, Trichaptum biforme, has the common name of Violet-toothed Polypore. Trichaptum means 'with clinging hairs' with biforme meaning 'two forms or two stages'.

Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
What does a frog do when its car breaks down? 

Joke of the Month

 It gets toad! ("Who would you call?!")
Notes, News and Tips from Around the Inn
A Little Reminder

A little reminder

   As the summer draws near and the vacation season arrives, we would like to remind you all that there are a lot of new friends on the roads and highways, so please drive with care.
Tips from the Inn

Tips from the Inn

Running water is a great attraction for birds.  Even a drip from a bucket with a hole in the bottom will attract them!  A small pond is an excellent method to use and if possible, try to create one with water that can flow over some rocks, creating a soothing and inviting sound that the birds just love.

Tips from the Inn  Tips from the Inn  
In the image on the left, an Anna's Hummingbird is wondering how to safely get to the water.  On the right a beautiful Waxwing is carefully trying to reach the running water.  For more information and photographs, visit our page "The Importance of Water."

Earth Day 2010
Earth Day Celebration

Although we mentioned our Earth Day 2010 Celebration above, we want to take a moment to highlight this event once again and say a special thank you to everyone who went out during April and took some nature photographs and then took the time to send them to us.  The results are great!  You can see them by clicking here.

International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day

May's a great month for birds and birders as the great migrations are happening.  May 8th is International Migratory Bird Day.  We encourage you to look out for special events in your community and perhaps take a drive out to see the birds that may be migrating through your area.  If you happen to get some great images, we'd love to see them!  Just send us a note.
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
We upload past issues of Whispers as new ones are issued.  You can view them all with a simple click here 
Did You Know... 

Did you know image

  Did you know that many of the sea weeds that you see floating in the shallow waters on the coast are not always held in place with roots like our garden plants? They are held in place by a holdfast, which is a small root-like structure that clings to rocks and even shells of other forms of marine life. Here we have Sugar Wrack, Saccharina latissima, a member of the brown algae group of seaweeds with its holdfast on a boulder.

These brown algaes are fastened securely to a clam shell. 

Drop by the Lagoon Trail section of the Inn for lots of photographs and information about marine life.
Trivia Answer 

Trivia Answer 

Hummingbirds aside, which other bird cannot walk?
The kingfisher.


What's This? 
Another mystery is solved: 

What's this answer

The answer this month is a close up view of an interesting fungus, Turkey Tail, Trametes versicolor. Any luck this time?
Nature Notes

Click here to explore the the forest and the woodlands.

Spread the Word ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thanks for reading!  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.

Your 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. Watch for the next issue of Whispers in your inbox during the first week of June.