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The months seem to be slipping by quickly, and here we are once again with another edition of Whispers - the newsletter of your favourite nature site on the web - Dereila Nature Cyber Inn. To our new subscribers we bid you a hearty welcome and thank you. You are part of a growing community of nature lovers and we invite you to get involved in any way you can.
Introducing the Bug Pages - A New Section at the Inn
Bug Collage

Although this isn't the best time for bug viewing in our part of the world you might still like to check out the latest section at the Inn - a visual guide to some of the most popular groups of bugs.

This has been a huge undertaking and is a "work-in-progress" as we'll be adding more details and re-designing the pages as time goes by. In the meantime visit this new section and learn a little bit about the bug world. Click on the image to go directly to the section. Or explore the world bit by bit, by clicking on the following montages:



True Bugs

Butterflies and Moths




We hope you'll enjoythis new section and that you'll get a better appreciation of the world of bugs.
Contributed by...

When we started the Dereila Nature Inn our vision was one of a community of nature enthusiasts exchanging ideas, stories, tips and images.  This month we invite everyone to submit images to this section of our newsletter.  Be it bugs, birds, wildlife or wildflowers - they're all welcome!

Milkweed Bugs

This month's image of immature Milkweed Bugs was submitted by Steve Slayton. Steve has also made important contributions to our State and Provincial Birds page.

Milkweed Bugs are part of the order of insects known as True Bugs.  To learn more about these insects, visit out new guide to Bugs section by clicking here.

If you'd like to see your image as part of our members section, send us an e-mail.
Monthly Selections 
Here are the selections for November's bug, bird and wildflower:
Nov Bug Nov bird Nov flower  

Visit each page by clicking on the image.

Special thanks to Judy of San Carlos, California for suggesting this month's bird and providing the images.
Don't forget that we welcome your suggestions for future selections even if you don't have an image to supply for us. Send your ideas to us by e-mail.
Notes from Around the Inn
Welcome to The Birder's Place - A New Forum for Birders
We invite you to visit The Birder's Place - a social network and forum just for Birders.
The Birder's Place

This forum is just getting going, so please drop by and jelp us get things rolling.  You'll get a chance to meet other birders, exchange stories and upload and share your images. Just click on the image above to start your visit.
Coming Up - Fungi

You may enjoy cooking with mushrooms and perhaps have encountered some interesting species on your travels.  If so, hopefully you'll enjoy the next new section we're working on which will explore the world of fungi.  Stay tuned!

Recipes Please 
As the colder weather arrives, we're hoping you'll have some recipes and tips for feeding our feathered friends during the next few months. We'd love to add these to our All Things Natural Restaurant page. If you can help, please drop us a line.
Past Issues
If you're a new subscriber to Whispers you might be interested to know that past issues are available online - simply click here. We upload the issues as new ones are released, so as you receive this edition we will be uploading October's issue.
The Wandering Image
The autumn months bring us more than the changing of the leaves in our forests and wooded areas.  Now is a fine time to explore the forest floors and crevasses for fungi. Casual walkers often fail to see the diversity of this intriguing species of life.  For this reason, this month we draw your attention to two species of this fascinating group.

Fly Agaric
The colourful Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria is a common mushroom throughout coniferous and some deciduous forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere. There are several colour and shape variations, but all have white patches on the cap. Many people consider this to be the most typical of mushrooms frequently drawn in cartoons and fairy-tales. Pretty as it may be - beware for it's highly poisonous and has hallucinogenic properties. 

Lobster Mushroom Lobster Mushroom

The second choice is the brightly colored Lobster mushroom, Hypomyces lactifluorum which is not really a true "mushroom" but rather a parasitic fungus which grows on other mushrooms. Its name is derived from the similarities between its colours and that of cooked lobster. Lobster mushrooms are widely eaten and can be found in some supermarkets.

Snippets in Nature ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This month we drop by Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park, Alberta.
Vermillion lakes

Banff's Mount Rundle is graced with a fresh sprinkle of snow in this picture taken on a spectacular autumn day. Vermillion lakes are an easily-accessible string of lakes near the town of Banff. As the years pass by though, the lakes are gradually evolving into wetlands and will gradually disappear altogether as bushes, scrubs and trees gradually invade. 

Vermillion lakes

The changing seasons bring different colours to this fascinating place in the mountains.

Enjoy a virtual tour at the Inn's page on Banff National Park simply by clicking here.
Shop with Us ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Don't forget to check out the amazon/dereila bookshop. You'll find a super selection of nature books and guides. See what's in the store for you by clicking on the image.
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!
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Until next time, best wishes from the Dereila Nature Inn.