Monarch Roosts in Southampton

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.

Monarch Butterfly versus Viceroy Butterfly

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.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Monarch Tagging Days

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.

Marine Heritage Festival in Southampton

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores hosted a booth at this years Marine Heritage Festival in Southampton. A special thanks to all the Pod Squad Ambassadors who shared with people their time, passion and information about monarchs, pollinators, native plants and our Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores project.


Young Naturalists Helps Monarch

Six year old Norah came across a female Monarch on a hiking trail and realized that something might be the matter with the butterfly. With the help of Melitta the Monarch was placed on a butterfly flower where it quickly started to feed. Later that day she flew away. It is nice to know that people like Norah are concerned about our environment. Way to go Norah!