Welcome to May's issue of the Dereila Nature Inn newsletter.
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.
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.
Do you know what this mysterious close-up picture is?
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.
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.
Birds of North American Crossword - Shorebirds
How well can you identify these birds?
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.
Special Places in the Natural World
Come with us to the Grand Canyon of Hawaii: Waimea.
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
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.
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.
This fantastic photograph is a Rose Anemone.
Thanks Rob for another enjoyable selection of pictures!
This Black Pheasant was photgraphed in Scotland by Eileen of West Lothian
who is becomng one of our regular contributors.
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!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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.
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.
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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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
We hope you'll have some interesting and humourous captions to go with this month's image of a Chestnut-backed Chickadee.
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.
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?
It gets toad! ("Who would you call?!")
|Notes, News and Tips from Around the Inn
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
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.
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
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
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
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
|Did You Know...
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.
Hummingbirds aside, which other bird cannot walk?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Another mystery is solved:
The answer this month is a close up view of an interesting fungus, Turkey Tail, Trametes versicolor. Any luck this time?
|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.