Welcome to Whispers    

Welcome to September's issue of the Dereila Nature Inn newsletter.  
This is our 60th issue!
Welcome to Whispers 
Some appropriately-named Orange Peel Fungi, Aleuria aurantia, welcome you this month.
Hello everyone!

Welcome to another issue of Whispers, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn - your virtual nature centre.
We hope you've had a fantastic summer and were able to get out and explore the world of nature wherever you may be. 

Thank you so much for subscribing and supporting this project. We hope you'll enjoy the photos, trivia and tips in this month's issue.

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Trivia Time
A poult is the young of which creature?
You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
What's This?  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Do you know what this cropped close-up photograph is? The answer is at the end of the newsletter.

Close-ups In Nature 

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 additions at the Inn.  Just click on the images and you'll be taken straight to the page. 

Walk in the Wild - The Birds
We've added four birds in our series of fact and photo pages. 
Click to visit Click to visit Click to visit Click to visit

Illustrated Bird Sayings
This is a humourous, nonsense photo tale we hope you enjoy. It features sayings which involve birds.
 Click to visit
Find the latest additions on the news/updates page.
Contributed by...
We invite you to submit nature photographs to this section. We hope you enjoy this month's terrific selection.
Contibuted image
Belted Kingfisher, Herman Veenendall, St. Mary's Ontario


Pig's Ear Mushroom, Frank and Sandra Horvath, Grimsby, Ontario

Spruce Grouse, also by Frank and Sandra Horvath

Rain Lily, taken in Pasco County Florida by Marilyn Flanagan, Florida


 Fulvous Whistling Duck, also by Marilyn Flanagan

Thank you so much for submitting these fantastic 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 
Here are this month's choices: 
Bug - Beewolf Wasp; Wildflower - Drummond's Cinquefoil; Bird - Killdeer

Bug of the Month - click to visit         Wildflower of the Month - click to visit         Bird of the Month -  click to visit     
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



This month's selected page is called Special Places in the Natural World.  It is the starting off point to virtual tours to two dozen parks and natural places in Canada and the US.  You can visit the page by clicking here.

Click to visit  
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

The Wandering Image
This month we wandered into the forest again and came across something rather interesting.

Wandering Image 
Slime moulds are rather difficult to study.  This colourful specimen is a Sporing Slime Mould.
Caption This! 
Here's our image ready for your humourous caption along with a couple of our ideas. This month we have a very interesting Decorator Crab.

Caption needed! 

Number one: "I am definitely number one in the fashion parade."
Number two: "If I were a little bigger I could have added a few more accessories."
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

Snippets in Nature 

This month we have a glimpse of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. 
Many thanks to Joyce Cahill of Winslow, Arkansas, for sending in her picture.
If you think you have a suitable nature photograph for this section please send us an e-mail along with a brief explanation.  We look forward to your submissions.
Behind the Name 
Behind the Name  

The very pretty flower Bronzebells has the scientific name of Stenanthium occidentale. The genus name Stenanthium comes from two Greek words: steno (narrow) and anthos (flower).  The species name, occidentale, simply means western.

Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
     A few birds were hiding in a pond as it was hunting season.  A Mute Swan met a Black Swan from Australia and said, "Have you come here to die?"
     The Black Swan with its Australian drawl answered, "Naw.  I came here yester die."

   Joke of the Month

"They are so friendly asking about my well-being."
Notes, News and Tips from Around the Inn
Find us on FacebookWe invite you to post comments on our Facebook page.  To visit, just click on the logo or here.

A Little Reminder
Tips from the Inn 
It's never too early to start to plan ahead and prepare for the autumn and winter by geting those bird feeders ready.  They may need a little sprucing up, perhaps you'll need to clean off the cobwebs and dust as well as give the suet cages an extra scrub. We have lots of great ideas for making feeders - just click here.  You'll also find some great suet recipes and other ideas here.

Tips from the Inn


 When visiting feeding stations, many birds often use the same spot to land.  This Pileated Woodpecker made many visits and used this rail around the sun deck. 

Placing a lichen-covered branch on the rail, secured with a couple of pieces of cord or wire, will give us a more pleasing image when the Pileated drops by next time. 
The result is a great shot of the Pileated Woodpecker using the photo prop.  


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 

Great Rivers 


Great Rivers  

The River Almond creates a pleasant scene as it meanders through the countryside of east-central Scotland.  Submitted by Eileen of West Lothian, Scotland.
Did You Know... 
Did you know image 

 Did you know that according to legend, a Norse invader once stepped on a thistle while sneaking up on the Scottish army?  He cried out, alerting the Scots to the invaders.  As a result, the Scottish Thistle, Onopordum acanthium, was honoured and selected as an important symbol of Scotland.

State and Provincial Symbols 

State/provincial Emblem Image  

The bright and cheerful California Poppy, Eschsholzia californica, is the state flower of California. You can see other state and provincial flowers by clicking here.

Trivia Answer 

Trivia Answer  

A poult is the name of a young turkey.  It is also used to refer to a young pheasant.
What's This? 

What's this answer 

Our mystery image is the seedhead of the common dandelion - everyone's favourite weed! 
Nature Notes

Visit the Bird's Next Lounge by clicking here.   

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. 

Watch for the next issue of Whispers in your inbox during the first week of October. See you then!