Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Monarch Tag Recovery

While the ‘Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores’ (BGOSS) is getting ready for the return of the Monarchs, they had some exciting news. They learned that one of their tagged Monarchs was recovered in El Rosario, Mexico.

The Monarch was tagged at the Southampton Golf and Country Club on August 23, 2017 by Stew Nutt and was recovered in Mexico on March 18, 2018. This means that it travelled over 4,500 kilometers. This is a miracle when you think of the size of the butterfly and the fact that it has never been to Mexico before! 208 days elapsed for this female butterfly from the day it was tagged, until the day it was recovered.

This is the second Monarch tag recovery for BGOSS. The first recovery was in 2016. This is quite remarkable as only a limited number of the millions of overwintering Monarchs are tagged. “It is like finding a needle in a hay stack and BGOSS is ecstatic that our community tagging efforts are truly international”, says Melitta Smole, executive member of BGOSS. Tagging Monarchs is one of the most rewarding programs run by Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS). “It provides us with an idea of the numbers of Monarchs in Saugeen Shores and it engages our community with a hands on opportunity to see these lovely butterflies up close,” says Smole.

Over the next few weeks keep your eyes open for the return of the Monarchs to Saugeen Shores. Last year the first recorded Monarch sighting was on May 20. Let BGOSS know when you discover the first Monarch in the area by sending us an email or visiting our web site.Monarch Tag Recovery Certificate

Book Review: Monarchs in a Changing World

Title: Monarchs in a Changing World Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly
Edited by: Karen S. Oberhauser, Kelly R. Nail, Sonia Altizer
Published 2015
Target audience: Adults

You will pick up this book if butterflies fascinate you! As a new volunteer with BGOSS, I am learning how our stewardship activities will help ensure that future generations will enjoy the beautiful monarch butterfly. This book explains how citizen scientists are essential as they share their observations on monarch migration, reproduction, survival and disease with researchers. It is quite a scientific book with many charts and graphs but a great resource for studying the “challenges and responses to threats to monarch conservation.”

By Stephanie Kelly
Pod Squad Ambassador

Woman Reading the Book Monarchs In A Changing World

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: Butterflies

Two Children Reading a Butterfly BookAnderson Haugh, eight years old, has reviewed several books from our Saugeen Shores library dealing with Monarch butterflies. BGOSS thanks Anderson for sharing his insights into these resource materials. Here is his summary and what he learned.

Title: Butterflies
Author: Laura Marsh

Summary of book: This book is about Monarch butterflies. It discusses their migration and threats to Monarchs. It is an informational book.

Something I learned: The female Monarchs lead the butterflies north from Mexico.

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.

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.