How to Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids
by Carol Pasternak
Juvenile Literature: Ages 8-16Book cover of How to Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids
Published in 2012

The monarch butterflies are making their way back to Ontario. On April 13, 2018 there was a monarch sighting in Tennessee in a field of milkweed! Now is the time to share this colourful guide with your kids. Get them involved in planning their own beautiful butterfly garden and foster a hobby that helps save the monarch butterfly! Kids learn the anatomy and life cycle of the monarch as well as how to raise and then release them. A great little book to promote protection and conservation of monarch butterflies!

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores partners with Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) has partnered with Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties to promote the diversity of gardens in our area. This unique partnership sees BGOSS displayed along with 22 other garden centres of interest in Grey and Bruce Counties. Here are some links to check out:

BGOSS Welcomes Port Elgin United Church: POD P-5

Port Elgin United Church is the first group in 2018 to become a new “Friends of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS).” The “Friends of BGOSS” is a program where church groups, schools and homeowners can be part of a community wide effort to promote native gardening to attract Monarchs and other pollinators. Melitta Smole, executive of BGOSS says, “We have two homeowners, Chantry Island and Port Elgin United Church who want to make a difference in our community by planting native plants.”

Port Elgin United Church Butterfly Garden

Reverend Bonnie Holliday, Sarah and Jordyn Earnshaw hold the BGOSS pod sign for their newly established butterfly garden with Patti Byers and Julie Earnshaw.

Your Backyard: The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly

Your Backyard : The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly
By Crowe’s Nest Media (2011)
Ages 4-adult

Join siblings and backyard scientists Taylor, Samuel and Grace as they host this fascinating 60 minute video and share their extensive knowledge.

The children begin with the monarch life cycle;  they explain how to raise monarchs, how to safely net and tag them and reveal the reason for tagging monarchs.

Described by Crowe’s Nest Media as a “fascinating creation journey for the entire family”.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

 

BGOSS and The Spotted Turtle

BGOSS is profiled in the winter 2018 issue of The Spotted Turtle. This newsletter is published by the Friends of MacGregor Park who were the first partner group to support our concept in 2014. The BGOSS pod is right beside the Visitor Center and is lovingly cared for by the summer staff. Enjoy the article. To learn more about the great things that the Friends of MacGregor Park is involved in, check out their web site.

2017: What a year!

2017 marked the 3rd year of BGOSS and was a year of many highlights. Most importantly, we saw an increase in the number of Monarch butterflies and other pollinators throughout Saugeen Shores. Our pods are now well established and we set an all time record for tagged Monarchs with 275. It is nice to think of summer in the midst of winter. Hope you enjoy this article.

Book Review: Attracting Native Pollinators

Title: Attracting Native Pollinators
Author: The Xerces Society

The native pollinator population is facing a decline. Learn what YOU can do to reverse this trend and protect our food sources. A fascinating, full colour guide to understanding pollinators and their biology in order to provide basic habitat essentials in your own backyard and beyond. A complete resource!

Reviewed by: Stephanie Kelly

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

Book Review: Monarch and Milkweed

Title: Monarch and Milkweed
Authors: Helen Frost and Leonid Gore

Recommended for children ages 4-8, this beautifully illustrated hardcover portrays the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly as it heads north in search of milkweed on which to lay eggs. Delightful artwork depicts the egg hatching, the caterpillar growing and transforming to the chrysalis, followed by the magical debut of the Monarch. Children learn about the life of the milkweed plant from early spring through fall. Charming age appropriate book.

Reviewed by: Stephanie Kelly

Marcus and Rachael are enjoying listening to Mom read them the story of “Monarch and Milkweed”.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening,  and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program.  We have a PDF  of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

BGOSS Resource Materials

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening,  and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. Pod Squad Ambassador, Stephanie Kelly is reviewing the books and DVDs and we are pleased to share these with you. We have also included a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Please take the time to checkout the books and videos from the library.