To compliment its various nesting boxes, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, has added a new Screech Owl box at Perkins Park in Southampton. The nesting boxes at Perkins Park have proven to be very successful with chickadees, house wrens and starlings taking up residence. Screech Owls are resident birds in this area and BGOSS is hopeful that one will find this nesting box. A special thanks to box builder Steven Baulch, and installers Leo Butler and Kerry Jarvis.
The Pods at Perkins Park are now ready for a long deserved rest as Pod Squad Ambassadors; Shelley, Steven, Melitta, Kerry and our latest ambassador, Marvin Doran, moved plants and shrubs around and fenced in the shrubs for protection from the local rabbits. BGOSS was also assisted by nearby neighbour Tom. Pictured here is new Pod Squad Ambassador, Marvin Doran. Welcome to the BGOSS team Marvin.
Protecting Monarchs by planting roadside milkweed does have its challenges. This article deals with some of the issues. Thanks to BJ Martin in K-W for bringing this to our attention.
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Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores presented to a sold out audience of 275 people on November 9 in Owen Sound to Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning. The presentation was part of a 7 week lecture series on ‘Sustainability and Tourism Along Our Shores.’ Kerry Jarvis’ topic was “Making A Difference: One Plant at a Time.” Kerry’s presentation shared stories, images, testimonials and videos on the importance of planting native plants, planting awareness and how the Pod Squad Ambassadors are making a difference in Saugeen Shores.
We had a very successful tagging season. Many people who came out to our community tagging events asked us lots of questions. So, we wrote an article on the most commonly asked questions.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores hosted several community Monarch tagging days. Read the entire story from the Saugeen Times.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has been alerted to several Monarch roosts in Southampton. Migrating Monarchs will sometimes create roosts in trees where dozens or thousands of them will stay for a day or two. They will typically roost in an area where there is nearby nectaring sources. One roost was documented by cottagers to have about 500 Monarchs! It is really great that residents of Southampton have taken to the Monarchs by planting milkweed and native nectaring plants. The Monarchs are showing us this year that they really appreciate your efforts. For more information on what plants Monarchs love, check out our special gardening section.
Making a difference really begins with the selection of plants we put in our gardens.
This image shows the size difference of a Monarch compared to a Viceroy. The tagged Monarch is considerably larger. (approximately 1″) The Viceroy is distinguished by its arching black band on its hind wing. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweeds and Viceroy caterpillars feed on willow and poplar. One birder commented that seeing a Monarch and a Viceroy together is like seeing a Downy Woodpecker and a Hairy Woodpecker. They are somewhat similar, but when viewed together you can really notice the differences in size and in other features.
Interested in seeing how Monarch butterflies are tagged? Come and join Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores at one of their community tagging days. Learn how and why we tag Monarchs on their epic journey to their overwintering grounds in Mexico.
Monarch butterfly tagging dates and times.
· Meet at the Big Flag (Pod S-6) in Southampton
· Open to all ages
· Great for the whole family
· Bring along your butterfly nets (we have a few available)
· Bring your camera
· Wear sturdy shoes
1) Tuesday, August 29 from 10:00 am – 12 noon (rain date: Wednesday, August 30 10:00 am – 12 noon)
2) Saturday, September 2 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (rain date: Sunday, September 3 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
3) Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 am – 12 noon (rain date: Sunday, September 10 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon)
Check our web site and Facebook page for updates.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores shares with you all the steps in successfully raising Monarchs. Check out our latest article from the Shoreline Beacon newspaper.