Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Unveils Nature Library

On Wednesday June 6, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) officially unveiled a Nature “Little Free” Library in Southampton. The Nature Library is located at Pod S-6 near the big flag.

According to Barb Weissman, Pod Squad Ambassador and Nature Library co-ordinator, “the library’s nature themed collection celebrates the exploration and enjoyment of nature and encourages the preservation of natural habitats. Residents and visitors will find books for all ages about North American plants, birds, insects and animals, with a special focus on monarch butterflies and gardening for pollinators.”

This beautiful piece of community art was designed by Weissman and built by master carpenter, Hans Veenvliet. Cindy McKenna, renowned local artist, adorned the library with nature themes of butterflies, a bee, a bird’s nest, flowers and a toad.

BGOSS welcomes the community to read and borrow books from the Nature Library and to return them for others to enjoy. A free bookmark is included inside each book for readers to keep. In addition, there is a yellow guest book for you to write and share your observations as you stroll along the Captain Spence Path visiting the various butterfly pods. Melitta Smole, BGOSS executive, says, “The Nature “little free” Library” is great for community engagement. Visitors and locals can enjoy nature related books on the nearby park benches while taking in the sights and sounds of the Lake Huron shoreline.”

Nature Library

Creators of “Nature ‘little free’ Library.” Pictured left to right. Cindy McKenna artist, Hans Veenvliet carpenter and builder, Beverly Carlisle Pod Squad Ambassador, Barb Weissman Nature Library Ambassador and Melitta Smole BGOSS executive.

Grand Opening of Nature ‘little free’ Library

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores would like to invite you to the Grand Opening of our “Nature “little free” Library. This unique, one-of-a-kind library specializes in North American nature books for all age groups to enjoy.

Find out all about this exciting community library by joining us at our Grand Opening where you can meet the artist, library builder, Nature Library co-ordinator and Pod Squad Ambassadors from Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Pod S-6 by the Big Flag in Southampton (High St)

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm.

Watering the Gardens

Butterflies

Title: Butterflies
Text: by Ronald Orenstein
Photography: by Thomas Marent
Published: 2015
Target audience: Adults

Thomas Marent’s photography make this book a pleasure to peruse. Ronald Orenstein’s text contains the answers to questions regarding butterflies, moths and caterpillars from around the world. The overall message continues to be that restoring habitat may be crucial for butterflies with few natural refuges left in a changing world and a warming climate. For us this means conserving larval host plants and, for flower-feeding butterflies, adult nectar sources. Create a butterfly garden in your own yard this summer!

by Stephanie Kelly
Pod Squad Ambassador

Front cover of the book 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 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.

When Butterflies Cross the Sky

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: When Butterflies Cross the Sky
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: