Welcome to November's issue of the Dereila Nature Inn newsletter.
Stunning colours of Sugar Maples welcome you this month. Many thanks to
Penny Hershaw of Toronto, ON for submitting this photograph for us to use.
Hello everyone and welcome to another issue of Whispers, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn where we celebrate nature and photography. We'd like to thank you for subscribing and hope you'll enjoy the features we have for you this month.
Which group of insects has the largest number of different species?
You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
Once again we wonder if you can determine what this cropped close-up photograph is. You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
|New Features at the Inn
It's been a busy month at the Inn and we have lots of new features to tell you about. Click on the image to go straight to the page.
Flowers of the Month Crossword
Our latest interactive crossword features flowers that have been chosen as flower of the month over the past few years.
Special Places in the Nature World
We have two new destinations for you to visit virtually: Yoho National Park and Kootenay National Park, both in the Canadian Rockies.
Our latest At-A-Glance Guide features an interesting assortment of colourful dragonflies and damselflies.
The Berry Patch
Here's a variety of colourful berries to savour.
Flower Shapes and Clusters
Become familiar with some of the different shapes of flowers and the clusters in which they sometimes grow.
The wildflowers on this page are hardy ones that can thrive in disturbed spots such as beside a highway or road.
See how effective and easy it is to reflect natural light.
We invite you to submit photographs of nature to this section.
Submitted by Bear Wagoner of Bradwenton, FL.
Northern Leapard Frog, Rana pipiens.
Taken at the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
an hour northwest of Toronto by Tony D.
Black and Yellow Spider, Argiope aurantia
This Florida spider was sent in by Marilyn Flanagan of Florida.
Many, many thanks for sending in 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 - Bee Fly; Wildflower - Mullein; Bird - Bewick's 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 wander over to a lily pond.
These two mallards seem to be enjoying the day at the pond and
have an ability to actually stand on the lily pads!
Snippets in Nature
The Tokumm Creek has carved its way through dolomite bedrock to create Marble Canyon in British Columbia's Kootenay National Park. The rock is not true marble but has been polished by the waters and has a marble-like finish. Forest fires swept through the area in 2003 causing much damage to the bridges which cross the canyon, the interpretive trails and the forest. Everything has since been rebuilt, the forest is recovering and the canyon is now open to visitors.
This chickadee seems to be having a lot of fun but the picture needs a funny caption or two. Do you have any suggestions? We've given you a couple of ideas.
Number one: "This always gives me such a headache."
Number two: "I hope there's a towel handy somewhere!"
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
|Behind the Name
The Small-flowered Lupine, Lupinus polycarpus, gets its name from the Latin lupus meaning "wolf," a reference to the inaccurate belief that lupines devour soil of its nutrients. Poly means "many" and carpus comes from the Greek karpos, meaning "fruit" resulting in many-fruited or fruitful.
Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Each evening Tom would stand in his garden and hoot like an owl. One night he heard an owl call back. For a month he would call and receive hoots back.
When at the mall one day, his wife told her neighbour about Tom and his strange obsession with owl hooting and how he spends his evenings doing this.
"That's so strange," her friend said. "My husband does the exact same thing."
"Don't know about having two owls around, be we have two nuts close by."
|Notes, News and Tips from Around the Inn
Many thanks to everyone who has helped us by supplying images to help complete our page on State and Provincial Trees
We still need a few more though and we would appreciate hearing from you if you can help us out. These are the missing ones:
Arkansas - Loblolly Pine, Pinus taeda
Minnesota - Red Pine, Pinus resinosa
New Brunswick - Balsam Fir, Abies balsamea.
Newfoundland - Black Spruce, Picea mariana A Little Reminder
N W. Territories - Jack Pine, Pinus banksiana
Nova Scotia - Red Spruce, Picea rubens
For those of you who live in areas with snow and frost remember to keep your water dishes clear of ice and snow and full of fresh water. The birds need the water as snow is no substitute.
Tips from the Inn
During dry periods mosses can become limp-looking. When taking photos it's always best if you can get the moss looking nice and fresh. Many mosses will quickly respond to a little water so if you have a small spray container, take it with you on your nature walks. If not, a few drops from a drinking bottle will revive some mosses in a few seconds. This is Plume Moss and it readily reacts to a little bit of water. Try spraying water on other subjects such as flowers or pebbles on the beach and see for yourself the difference it can make.
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 the Western Dog Violet, Viola adunca,is the sole source
of food for the endangered Oregon Silverspot Butterfly larvae?
There are more species of beetle than any other group of organisms.
It's estimated that there are 290,000 world-wide and over 28,000 in
North America alone. This is the European Ground Beetle, Carabus nemoralis.
Here we reveal the answer to our mystery photo.
It's a young seal pup crawling down to the sea while waiting for its mother to return.
Spread the Word ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We hope you've enjoyed this month's newsletter. 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 December.