Caterpillar Corner Activity Book Now Available

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has just launched its Caterpillar Corner Activity Book. This 24 page, beautifully illustrated book follows the journey of Avery and Fernando, — sister and brother Monarch butterflies, who were raised in Saugeen Shores. Join Avery and Fernando in this fun-filled activity book. Discover their world by exploring the BGOSS pods, and along the way learn about the importance of milkweed and native plants.

The CC Activity Book is ideal for youth 4 – 12 years of age. It was created by Barb Willner, Melitta Smole and Kerry Jarvis and illustrated by Stacey Hill from Bruce Power.

Pick up your free copy at the BGOSS Nature Library, Saugeen Shores libraries, Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce tourists offices, Turtle Crossing, Carey Optical and the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.

Collector’s Post Card #5

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores is pleased to launch its Collector’s Post Card Edition #5. Each year BGOSS releases two post cards for the public to enjoy. The new Caterpillar Corner logo is premiered on the latest post card. This adorable logo was designed by Stacey Hill of Bruce Power and depicts a pair of Monarch caterpillars on top of a milkweed leaf. Our tagline is, “Discover Our World.” Our goal is to encourage youth to make “discoveries” into the world of nature. BGOSS Collector’s Post Cards are available for free at designated BGOSS Pod Posts, the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, Saugeen Shores libraries and the Chamber of Commerce tourism offices in Southampton and Port Elgin.

Picture of the Caterpillar Corner Postcard

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Unveils Nature Library

On Wednesday June 6, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) officially unveiled a Nature “Little Free” Library in Southampton. The Nature Library is located at Pod S-6 near the big flag.

According to Barb Weissman, Pod Squad Ambassador and Nature Library co-ordinator, “the library’s nature themed collection celebrates the exploration and enjoyment of nature and encourages the preservation of natural habitats. Residents and visitors will find books for all ages about North American plants, birds, insects and animals, with a special focus on monarch butterflies and gardening for pollinators.”

This beautiful piece of community art was designed by Weissman and built by master carpenter, Hans Veenvliet. Cindy McKenna, renowned local artist, adorned the library with nature themes of butterflies, a bee, a bird’s nest, flowers and a toad.

BGOSS welcomes the community to read and borrow books from the Nature Library and to return them for others to enjoy. A free bookmark is included inside each book for readers to keep. In addition, there is a yellow guest book for you to write and share your observations as you stroll along the Captain Spence Path visiting the various butterfly pods. Melitta Smole, BGOSS executive, says, “The Nature “little free” Library” is great for community engagement. Visitors and locals can enjoy nature related books on the nearby park benches while taking in the sights and sounds of the Lake Huron shoreline.”

Nature Library

Creators of “Nature ‘little free’ Library.” Pictured left to right. Cindy McKenna artist, Hans Veenvliet carpenter and builder, Beverly Carlisle Pod Squad Ambassador, Barb Weissman Nature Library Ambassador and Melitta Smole BGOSS executive.

Grand Opening of Nature ‘little free’ Library

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores would like to invite you to the Grand Opening of our “Nature “little free” Library. This unique, one-of-a-kind library specializes in North American nature books for all age groups to enjoy.

Find out all about this exciting community library by joining us at our Grand Opening where you can meet the artist, library builder, Nature Library co-ordinator and Pod Squad Ambassadors from Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Pod S-6 by the Big Flag in Southampton (High St)

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm.

Watering the Gardens


Title: Butterflies
Text: by Ronald Orenstein
Photography: by Thomas Marent
Published: 2015
Target audience: Adults

Thomas Marent’s photography make this book a pleasure to peruse. Ronald Orenstein’s text contains the answers to questions regarding butterflies, moths and caterpillars from around the world. The overall message continues to be that restoring habitat may be crucial for butterflies with few natural refuges left in a changing world and a warming climate. For us this means conserving larval host plants and, for flower-feeding butterflies, adult nectar sources. Create a butterfly garden in your own yard this summer!

by Stephanie Kelly
Pod Squad Ambassador

Front cover of the book Butterflies

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Monarch Tag Recovery

While the ‘Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores’ (BGOSS) is getting ready for the return of the Monarchs, they had some exciting news. They learned that one of their tagged Monarchs was recovered in El Rosario, Mexico.

The Monarch was tagged at the Southampton Golf and Country Club on August 23, 2017 by Stew Nutt and was recovered in Mexico on March 18, 2018. This means that it travelled over 4,500 kilometers. This is a miracle when you think of the size of the butterfly and the fact that it has never been to Mexico before! 208 days elapsed for this female butterfly from the day it was tagged, until the day it was recovered.

This is the second Monarch tag recovery for BGOSS. The first recovery was in 2016. This is quite remarkable as only a limited number of the millions of overwintering Monarchs are tagged. “It is like finding a needle in a hay stack and BGOSS is ecstatic that our community tagging efforts are truly international”, says Melitta Smole, executive member of BGOSS. Tagging Monarchs is one of the most rewarding programs run by Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS). “It provides us with an idea of the numbers of Monarchs in Saugeen Shores and it engages our community with a hands on opportunity to see these lovely butterflies up close,” says Smole.

Over the next few weeks keep your eyes open for the return of the Monarchs to Saugeen Shores. Last year the first recorded Monarch sighting was on May 20. Let BGOSS know when you discover the first Monarch in the area by sending us an email or visiting our web site.Monarch Tag Recovery Certificate