There is lots of excitement happening this week as the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) learned that one of their tagged Monarchs was recovered in El Rosario, Mexico. “The Monarch was tagged at Captain Spence Path in Southampton on September 18 and was recovered in Mexico on February 27,” explains Melitta Smole, executive member of BGOSS. “This means it travelled over 4,500 kilometers, which is a miracle when you think of the size of the butterfly and the fact that it has never been to Mexico before!”, says Smole. Monarch tagging is one of the unique aspects of learning more about Monarchs: where they go, how long they live and it connects people from Canada, USA and Mexico together. For a close-up look on Monarch tagging check out our video.
You too can learn more about Monarch butterflies by volunteering with Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. We are looking for community members to assist us with planting and we have scheduled a training session for volunteers on Friday, June 17 at the Port Elgin library meeting room from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Our planting begins the week of June 20.