Welcome to October's issue of the Dereila Nature Inn newsletter.
In Canada's Yukon Territory autumn creeps in bringing with
it changing colours and preparing us for the upcoming winter.
Here we are with another issue of Whispers
, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn
- your virtual nature centre.
We'd like to welcome our new subscribers this month and we hope you'll all enjoy the trivia, photos, news and tips in this issue.
We are grateful to those of you who have sent in ideas and contributions, and we appreciate everyone's support of our nature website. Many thanks to you all!
Please join us on Facebook where we welcome your comments and ideas.
Which is the only mammal that cannot jump?
You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
Do you know what this cropped close-up photograph is? You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
|New Features at the Inn
We invite you to submit nature photographs to this section. This month we have another super variety of wildlife images.
Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes, by Tony D. of Toronto, ON, taken in Prince Edward Island.
Singing Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia, also by Tony D.
American Toad, Bufo americanus, from Susan Asis, Flushing, NY.
European Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, sent to us by
Laura of South Edinburgh, Scotland.
Many thanks for your great photographs and thanks
for taking the time to send them in to us. We really appreciate it.
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 - Bumblebee Robber Fly; Wildflower - Smooth Hawksbeard Lily; Bird - Sooty Grouse.
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
OUR MONTHLY PAGE
We have created many At-A-Glance Guides over the past few years. These are visual guides with thumbnail images. Clicking on the thumbnail opens up a pop-up window with a larger photograph of the subject matter. This month's feature page is our At-A-Glance Guide to Butterflies. It features over three dozen different butterflies organized by family. Visit it by clicking here.
|The Wandering Image
This month we came across an interesting organism
while exploring the moist coastal rainforest.
This is a Yellow-Spotted Millipede, Harpaphe haydeniana, which grows to about 2 in/5 cm long. It is also called Cyanide Millepede beacuse of the fact that when threatened it has the interesting ability to secrete hydrogen cyanide! As a result, it has very few predators.
Here's our monthly image ready for your humourous caption along with a couple of our ideas. Just what do you think this Pileated Woodpecker is saying?
Number one: "Yoohoo! Are you there?"
Number two: "Hello! Where's my suet? It's lunch time!"
If this month's 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
Snippets in Nature
Nestled in Canada's stunning Yoho National Park in southeastern British Columbia is Emerald Lake. This is a truly special place of beauty especially with the surrounding mountains and dazzling colours of the water. There are hiking trails to explore and in the winter it's a great place for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
If you think you have a suitable photograph for this section please send us an e-mail
with a brief explanation. We look forward to your ideas and submissions.
|Behind the Name
Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, is a shrub with flowers that have 5 petals. The scientific genus name Potentilla, comes from a Latin word meaning powerful as it was believed to have healing properties. The species name, fruticosa, simply means shrubby. The common name is also derived from Latin words: quinque meaning five and folium meaning leaf.
Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A drunk coyote was walking through the woods when he bumped into a tree.
"Oh, I'm sorry," he said.
A little further on he bumped into another tree.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry!"
Then he sat down and thought to himself, I'd better sit here and wait until those fools pass by.
"It's always the best thing to do."
|Notes, News and Tips from Around the Inn
We invite you to post comments on our Facebook page. To visit, just click on the logo or here
A Little Reminder
When you're cleaning up the garden in preparation for winter, be sure to leave a few plants with seed heads. When the snows arrive, you'll find that the birds really appreciate the food as this junco did.
Tips from the Inn
It doesn't take much to create a natural scene for your photographs, simply by using a few of nature's props. Try securing a branch or twig to the top of a railing at your bird feeding station. This one is lichen-covered and tumbled down during a storm.
Birds usually take a cautious approach and check things out for a moment. This gives you an opportunity to take a couple of photographs. This House Finch posed on the branch within an hour of it being secured on the railing.
While the House Finch landed on the left end of the prop, this junco settled on the other end. The resulting photographs are great improvements over having the birds sitting on a railing.
We are in the process of completing our state reptiles page and are in need of images of the following:
Alabama Red-bellied Turtle; Desert Tortoise; Gopher Tortoise; Diamondback Terrapin; Three-toed Box Turtle; Snapping Turtle; Northern Black Racer; Loggerhead Sea Turtle; and Texas Horned Lizard. If you can help out with a photo of two, please let us know via e-mail.
Photo Notecards Now on Sale!
To help pay for the costs of running the Inn website and providing this newsletter we are now selling a selection of blank photo note cards. We have two sets - birds and special places and will be adding more in the future. They cost only $3 each or a real deal at 4 for $10 with free postage! For more information and to place an order using PayPal, please click here.
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
The Red Deer River flows through the Alberta badlands in this photograph taken near Drumheller, Alberta. The river starts high in the eastern Canadian Rockies and meanders across southern Alberta and into Saskatachewan where it flows into the South Saakatchewan River. The Red Deer has a length of 450 miles/725 km.
|Did You Know...
Did you know that these circular cuts on leaves are made by bees?
Leaf-cutting Bees very quickly cut out the round section and
take the pieces of leaf for nest building.
|State and Provincial Symbols
Florida's state butterfly is the Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charithona. It is a common insect in the southeast US and can live to a ripe-old age of three months.
No Canadian provinces have selected offical butterflies (yet) but 19 American states have. To see our collection, just click here.
The elephant is the only mammal that is unable to jump.
If you guessed that this month's mystery photo was a mushroom,
sadly you were incorrect. It's a Shamrock Orb-weaver Spider, Araneus trifolium.
Spread the Word ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We hope you've enjoyed our newsletter for this month and that you'll forward it on to your nature-loving friends.
Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome, send us an e-mail
Watch for the next issue of Whispers in your inbox during the first week of November. See you then!