Wandering Grey Bruce, a unique Rogers TV show highlights unique areas of Grey and Bruce County. Join host Krista McKee while she explores the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.
BGOSS was featured in the August issue of the Marketplace magazine. Author, Doug Archer prepared a compelling story of BGOSS’s beginnings and the great success of its Pod Squad Ambassadors. Click here to read the full story.
Pod S-6 by the big flag looks a little lonely now. The BGOSS Nature Lending Library is now resting for the winter and will re-appear next spring. Barb Weisman, the BGOSS Nature Lending Library co-ordinator has done an amazing job stocking the library with books, publications and of course, our Caterpillar Corner Activity Books, for many people to enjoy.
The Caterpillar Corner Activity Book, created by Barb Willner, Melitta Smole and Kerry Jarvis, has just gone into its 3rd printing! A total of 5,000 copies since it launched in 2018 have been distributed. Individuals, families, school groups, visitors, church groups, horticultural societies and our libraries have all enjoyed learning, exploring and having fun with the activity book.
Melitta and Kerry are decked out in their 1960’s very colourful gear, catching, tagging, and releasing butterflies in Southampton at the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. The retro calendar promotes many local Grey and Bruce groups who are all making a difference.
Photo credit: Dianne Brandon Photography Makeup: Erin Bolger Hair: Rouge Beauty by Cassie Clothing: Pick a Posie
The Ontario Science Centre unveiled a special Monarch migration exhibit mural using images from BGOSS co-founder, Kerry Jarvis. According to Jarvis, “the various images reflect the role of people of all ages in Saugeen Shores engaged in monarch tagging.” The exhibit is scheduled to be in place for a few years.
Craig and Suzanne Selby, Pod Squad Ambassadors of Pod S-2, were recently profiled in a full page article in the St. Catharines Standard. We have selected several passages from the article of Craig’s quotes to share with you. Craig and Suzanne have been ambassadors since the launch of BGOSS and have shared their knowledge of creating habitat for pollinators with the public. “Our naturalized area, or buffer zone, encourages neighbours to do the same. People come back to visit the butterfly garden, they tell me about their own butterfly gardens at home. I like to think it encourages others to be more aware.”
Congratulations Craig and Suzanne for sharing your passion of nature with others. To read the article download the PDF.
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.