Welcome to our monthly celebration of nature for April 2017, issue number 112.

A visit to the sea and a greeting from some Steller sea lions on the rocks.

Our usual close up image for this month, what is your guess? The answer is at the bottom of the Newsletter.

Our monthly page is, In the Shadow of Peaks, a selection of alpine flowers. You can view the page HERE.
Jim Noeninger of Shiloh, Illinois. Took this image of a female elk in Lone Elk Park near St. Louis.
This Giant Swallowtail butterfly was sent in by Jane and Walt of Red Gate Farm in Texas
Joyce Cahill of Winslow in Arkansas caught this Green Iguana posing for her nicely in Florida
Joyce also captured this image of a spoonbill while traveling in Florida.
We have a few travelers as Tony from Toronto captured this Snowy Egret while in Mexico.
Herman Veenendaal of St Mary’s in Ontario, sent us this Ruby throated hummingbird image.


Many thanks to Jim, Jane and Walt, Joyce, Tony and Herman, for this months selection of great pictures.

If you have a nature picture that you would like to share with us in this section please send it in to us at: thenatureinn@gmail.com
Our wandering image is a male Coopers Hawk, it was banded in Victoria and is looking for lunch.

We are fortunate to know Andy Stewart, Andy worked so hard banding all the coopers hawks in the area. Our hawk is the second youngster from the right.

Andy sent us this image of the four youngsters and the information.

Send in your caption for this dome spiders web. Here are some ideas to get you going.
#1 - "I think I have a bug in my website."
#2 - "I think this covers everything."
When a neighbor’s home was burglarized, Joe squirrel decided to be more safety conscious. But his poor front-door lock wasn't’t going to stop anyone, so he hung a sign outside: “Nancy, don’t come in. The snake is loose, Joe.”



"It will be OK, I only have a few nuts anyway".
Our Monthly selections.
The insect this month is the Black Vine Beetle, Otiorhynchus sulcatusi.
Our monthly bird is the Bushtit. This is a female which has yellow eyes.
The flower is Large-leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus.
The fungi is Clavaria vermicularis, Commonly called Fairy fingers.


Another reminder is to put nesting material out for the birds. This holder and other construction projects can be seen in the Inn by clicking HERE.
Some useful items to put in nesting material holders. Ends of string and twine, hair, wool, catkins fluff, seed heads, laundry lint, cotton batting, mosses.














The Beard lichens that hang from the trees could be gathered to use with the above holder.

Cut the lichens up into small lengths and separate them a little.


A simple holder can be used by holding some material in place with a small piece of wire netting on a fence or tree.
Asclepias speciosa, Showy milkweed
Linaria vulgaris, Yellow toadflax.
The plant is poisonous to sheep and cattle.
A native plant that is regarded as poisonous to livestock.
Coltsfoot, Petasites palmatus.
Western Wild Ginger, Asarum caudatum.
The leaf stalks and flowering stems are edible and can be used as a vegetable dish.
It can be used as a ginger substitute and as a tea.












Another show this month. This is the third 'Day in the Life of Birds'.
































Did you know that in winter there could be 5,000 to 10,000 honeybees in a colony. In summer there could be 60,000.
Many cities in North America have their own emblems and Crystal City in Texas chose the Wild Turkey.
The answer to our close up image is, a Chalcedon Checkerspot, Euphydryas chalcedona.
Thank you for joining us this month! We hope you enjoyed this issue of Whispers. We invite your comments and ideas - just drop us an e-mail at: thenatureinn@gmail.com. Till next time, thank you for visiting.