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Welcome to this September issue of Whispers.
Fall is very close and many new experiences can be found with a walk in the woods. One of these wonders is Allotropa virgata, the Candy Cane plant
 
TRIVIA TIME

What is 'Nimbus' and do you know what it means?

 

WHAT IS THIS?

Another little puzzle,

 
OUR MONTHLY PAGE
For our monthly page we have chosen the official insect page as it is now complete. The completed page can be viewed by clicking here.
CONTRIBUTED BY...
We have another great selection of photographs this month.

Jim Noeninger of Shiloh in Illinois, submitted this image of two buffalo taken in Lone Elk Park near St. Louis, MO.

Jim Noeninger of Shiloh, Illinois also sent in this elk swimming with the geese the park.
This picture of an Anhinga drying its wings, was sent to us by one of our regulars, Marilyn Flanagan of Florida.
We have another submission from Holly D. Johns of Kennesaw in Georgia taken on her trip to Swaziland and South Africa.
THESE IMAGES CAN BE 325 AND TWO ON A LINE TO SHORTEN THE PAGE.
MONTHLY SELECTIONS
NO NEED FOR THEM HERE.
WANDERING IMAGE
This cormorants resting rock provides us with the wandering image this month.
CAPTION THIS
What do you think would be a great caption?

We will give you a couple of ideas, .

Number one: "Come out of there, where are you "
Number two: "I can still reach you down there "
SNIPPETS IN NATURE

ONLY PUT THIS IN IF I GET ONE.

BEHIND THE NAME
Many plants are parasitic living on host plants, Indian pipe, Monotropa uniflor, is a parasite plant. Parasite is from the Greek, para, meaning beside, and sitos meaning, grain or food, which literally means "beside the food".
 
JOKE OF THE MONTH
After being laid off from five different jobs in four months, Ian Raccoon was hired by a warehouse. But one day he lost control of a forklift and drove it off the loading dock. Surveying the damage, the owner shook his head and said he'd have to withhold 10 percent of Ian's wages to pay for the repairs. "How much will it cost?" he asked. "About $4,500" said the owner. "That's great!" said Ian. "I've finally got job security

"Everybody wants security".

 
NOTES NEWS AND TIPS
We are very pleased to have received the final image for our Official State Reptile page. You can view all the reptiles here.
Reminder
Just a little reminder about cleaning up the garden. Leave some of the flower seed heads for the birds during the coming months.
 
Tips

When the birds start eating the berries in the trees, its time to harvest a few for the freezer. Store them in the freezer for later serving to them when food is scarce.

 
FESTIVALS
World Animal Day is an international day of action celebrated annually on October 4th.
 
DID YOU KNOW

The nickname for Louisiana is the Pelican State.

 
STATE AND PROVINCIAL EMBLEMS

Colorado's official state tree is the Blue Spruce, Picea pungens.

TRIVIA ANSWER

The answer to our trivia question is, Nimbus is a Latin word meaning rain cloud or storm

 
ANSWER TO WHAT'S THIS
The close up image, Equisetum hyemale, Scouring Rush