Huron Fringe Birding Festival

The 20th Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be held May 26 to 29 and June 1 to 4, 2017. This amazing festival has something for everyone: from birding to wildflowers to photography and everything in between. The festival is one of the major events hosted by the Friends of MacGregor Park. The Friends are one of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores partners. In between the festival dates our Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has been listed as a destination of things to do.

Kerry Jarvis will be leading 2 events that showcase Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores along the Capt. Spence Path and the railtrail near Perkins Park.

Check out the web site for detailed information on the events and how to register.

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BGOSS Behind the Scenes Volunteer: Nancy White, Finances

Keeping our finances in order, reconciling accounts and preparing year end statements is an important  behind the scenes task. Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores is very grateful to have Nancy White  co-ordinate our financial records. Her attention to detail, professionalism and dedication is making a difference in our community.

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BGOSS Behind the Scenes Volunteer: Chris Irvine, Designer

You’ve seen our beautiful logo on our pod signs, web site, rack cards, post cards and in the media. Our logo was created by Chris Irvine, Designer for the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, as part of our on-going partnership with the museum. Chris has shared his creative design talents in our logo design and in various other marketing related ideas in making us look really good! He is one of the many volunteers of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores who has made a difference in our community.

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BGOSS Web Site: Behind the Scenes, Barb Dost

Barb Dost, website leader for Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, masterminded the BGOSS  pod location map that highlights all of our registered and certified pods. Barb maintains our web site, contributes to our Instagram account and, along with her husband Paul, is involved in Monarch tagging. She also runs her own social media sites, Squigly’s Playhouse and This Busy Life. BGOSS is very pleased to have Barb on board as  one of our communities behind the scenes volunteer.

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BGOSS Donations

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores receives surprise donation from the Choir of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Southampton in recognition of anniversary milestones of Bonnie and Bob Hastings and Mary and Rick Slyver. What a great thought to share with the community. Pictured presenting the donation on behalf of the choir is Carol Mackowski to Kerry Jarvis of BGOSS.

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Grace Dyer: BGOSS Archivist

Grace Dyer, 13 years old, volunteered to archive year one and two of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. Grace has compiled the materials, images, articles and other information for the BGOSS archives. The materials created by Grace will be housed in the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre. In addition, Grace created a photo album that can be used for presentations. It’s people like Grace who are making a difference in our community.

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Having Fun Monarch Tagging

bgossmonarchtaggingseptember1020162An enthusiastic group of people participated in our second tagging day. There were plenty of Monarchs along the Captain Spence Path but the high winds made it very difficult to net them. So the group headed to Perkins Park where several Monarchs were tagged.  One Monarch netted already had a tag. The tag turned out to be a Monarch that BGOSS tagged over a week ago. So, this tells us that this Monarch is enjoying the plentiful food source at Perkins Park planted by BGOSS. Monarchs need to store high energy fats for the long voyage to Mexico. Francis Chua, from Bruce Power, who helped plant the pods at Perkins Park, also netted, tagged and released his first ever Monarch.  The nets were provided by our major sponsor, Bruce Power as part of our ongoing partnership.

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Monarch Tagging Event

BGOSSMonarchTaggingSeptember32016KidsIt’s that time of year again when the Monarch butterflies start their annual migration to Mexico. To celebrate the migration, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) hosted a tagging outing on Saturday, September 3 along the Captain Spence Path in Southampton.  BGOSS organizers, Melitta Smole and Kerry Jarvis were joined by curious and interested people from the Owen Sound Field Naturalists, Pod Squad Ambassadors, BGOSS Facebook followers, vacationers and local families. The Hoy family; Sadie, and her daughter Vienne (6 years old) and son Royal (3 years old) from Southampton thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get up close with a Monarch. According to Sadie, “We frequent the Captain Spence Path daily in the summer and immensely appreciate all the effort, beauty and life Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has injected into the shore line!” Vienne and Royal tagged a male Monarch and wished it  “adios” and a safe voyage on its 6,000 kilometer journey from Southampton to Mexico.

For the next Monarch tagging day sponsored by Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, check out our Facebook page.

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