2019 was another good year for pollinators and monarchs in Saugeen Shores. Much of this is attributed to local residents who are seeing the benefits of planting milkweed and native plants in their gardens and the growing interest of BGOSS.
Since BGOSS began tagging we have seen a steady growth in the number of monarchs tagged. We believe that if you plant it, they will come. And come they have.
2015: 81 monarchs tagged
2016: 80 monarchs tagged
2017: 275 monarchs tagged
2018: 893 monarchs tagged
2019: 1,516 monarchs tagged
A special thanks to all of our Pod Squad Ambassadors who assisted in this years Monarch tagging. You may have noticed a big change in the tags from last year to this year. Can you spot the differences?
Our community tagging day was covered by the Owen Sound Sun-Times and quotes one of our many out-of-town visitors to Saugeen Shores.
This has been a busy fall for our BGOSS Community Tagging Days, volunteers tagging and our BGOSS rearing program. Chris and Sarah have sent along this Monarch Tagging Newsletter for you to read. The newsletter has lots of good information included for all of our BGOSS taggers.
We’d like to express our thanks to everyone who joined us for our 5th Community Tagging Event at Perkins Park. In total, we tagged 31 monarch butterflies and we are most grateful to all of you for making a difference.
We’re planning to host another Community Tagging Day on Friday, August 30th at Perkins Park from 10am to noon.
We hope to see you then!
Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12 noon
Location: meet at Perkins Park, Southampton
Open to people of all ages.
Nets provided by BGOSS
Collector’s Post Card #8 showcases the third milkweed plant used by BGOSS in its pod — namely, Swamp Milkweed. This beautiful milkweed is attractive, grows in all sorts of conditions (sand, clay, wet, dry), and is a magnet for pollinators like the bumblebee. It would make a welcome addition to your gardens. Post cards are available for free at our BGOSS Pods.
Pod S-16 has now been officially certified at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Southampton. The butterfly garden adorns the front entrance of the church walkway. The garden was planted to help celebrate the church’s 160th year of service in our community. As the church endeavors to fulfill the 5 Marks of Mission these gardens were planted to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. Next time you are downtown Southampton, check out this beautiful garden located on the corner of High Street and Victoria Street.
Doug Archer is writing a feature story for the August issue of the Marketplace. As the interview started a monarch was busy laying eggs in the flower head of swamp milkweed at Perkins Park. Now, how cool is that?!
BGOSS proudly announces the opening of a new Pod at the Saugeen First Nation Library and Cultural Centre in Southampton. Pod S-15 was planted by children from the libraries after school program. Noodin Root, librarian, created the concept of having a butterfly garden, trees and vegetable gardens for the community to enjoy.