Welcome to our monthly celebration of nature for March 2017, issue number 111.

We have added two more subjects this month, poisonous and edible plants. We hope you enjoy these new topics.
   
 
March heralds in early spring as this Satin flower, Olsynium douglasii, welcomes everyone.
 
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Our monthly close up, could be easy, or hard. What do you think it is? The answer is in the usual place at the bottom of the newsletter.
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Our page in the Inn this month is a guide to bees and wasps. You can view the page HERE.
 
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Jim Noeninger of Shiloh in Illinois, sent us this resting heron high up in a tree.
Tony from Toronto had the luck to photograph this rock crab for us while on vacation.
A Kingfisher is another great shot from Herman Veenendaal of St Mary’s in Ontario, Canada.
Herman also sent in this shot of a musk turtle sunning on an old log.
This Orchard Oriole image was taken in Mexico by Penny Hershaw of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
Penny also sent us this image of an Ibis and a Snowy Egret together also taken in Mexico.

 

Many thanks to Jim, Herman, Tony and Penny, for sharing their photos with us.

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
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Our wandering image is a White Throated Sparrow, tan striped form. Not too common in the west. 
 
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Send in your caption for these newly hatching ladybirds. Here are some ideas to get you going.
#1 - "Get off my foot."
#2 - "Does anyone know what we do now?"
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A coyote walks into a pub and spots an old enemy, a raccoon. “Drinks for everyone here, bartender!” shouts the coyote. “Except for him over there! ” pointing to the raccoon who just smiles and says, “Thank you!” Infuriated, the coyote orders another round of drinks for everyone except the raccoon, who, again, thanks the man. This goes on for a while, until he asks the bartender, “What’s the matter with that guy? I’ve ordered rounds of drinks for everyone but him, and all he does is thank me. Is he nuts?” “No, he’s not nuts,” says the bartender. “He owns the place.”
 
 
 

 

 

 
"A night like this every week would be great."
 
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Our Monthly selections.
 
     
 
The insect this month is a Click Beetle, Ctenicera suckleyi, There are 965 valid species in North America.
Our monthly bird White-winged Dove, Zenaida asiatica. Its range extends from the south western United States through Mexico and Central America
 
 
 
 
The flower is Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa. Beach Silvertop.Perennial herb with white flowers.  
The fungi is Crucibulum laeve, birds nest fungus. The spores are spread by the rain flushing them out of the nest.
 
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A LITTLE REMINDER.

 

   
 
Time to put out the nest boxes for the nesting season. You can see this nest box and working instructions for this and a few others in the Nature Inn by clicking: HERE.
 
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TIPS AND IDEAS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With nesting season upon us, its time to help the birds with some materials that they can use. Pampas grass is chosen by many birds.

 

 

 

   
To watch the birds collecting material for their nests, bring a few stems of it closer to where you can watch them at work.
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Zigadenus elegans, Mountain Death-Camas.
Phacelia campanularia, Desert Bluebells.

 

All parts of the Mountain Death Camas plant are poisonous from alkaloids.

A native plant of continental states that causes dermatitis that is similar to poison-ivy dermatitis.
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Smilacina racemoso, False solomon's seal.
Lilium columbianum, Columbia Lily
The leaves of false Solomon’s seal are edible but relatively unpalatable.  The fruit are consumed by a wide variety of birds
Flowers, seeds and bulbs are edible raw. Cooked bulbs can be dried whole or mashed and stored.
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Another humorous show this month, number two, Another Day in the Life of Birds
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Bladder Campion
 
Did you know that the young shoots and the leaves of Bladder Campion are used as food in some countries of the Mediterranean. The tender leaves may be eaten raw in salads. The older leaves are usually eaten boiled or fried, sauteed with garlic, as well as in omelet's. In Cyprus it is being cultivated and sold in shops in bunches.
 
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Many cities have their own emblems, including birds. The official bird of Ingleside in Texas is the Great Blue Heron.
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The answer to the mystery image this month is a hover fly, Syrphini eupeodes. 
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Thank you for joining us this month! We hope you enjoyed this issue of Whispers. To receive future issues of our Newsletter please contact us at: thenatureinn@gmail.com.
Till next time, thank you for visiting.