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.
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.
BGOSS Nature Library is officially open. Enjoy one of our nature books as you relax at the park bench by the big flag in Southampton.
Caterpillar Corner is coming soon!
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.
Port Elgin United Church is the first group in 2018 to become a new “Friends of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS).” The “Friends of BGOSS” is a program where church groups, schools and homeowners can be part of a community wide effort to promote native gardening to attract Monarchs and other pollinators. Melitta Smole, executive of BGOSS says, “We have two homeowners, Chantry Island and Port Elgin United Church who want to make a difference in our community by planting native plants.”
Reverend Bonnie Holliday, Sarah and Jordyn Earnshaw hold the BGOSS pod sign for their newly established butterfly garden with Patti Byers and Julie Earnshaw.
2017 marked the 3rd year of BGOSS and was a year of many highlights. Most importantly, we saw an increase in the number of Monarch butterflies and other pollinators throughout Saugeen Shores. Our pods are now well established and we set an all time record for tagged Monarchs with 275. It is nice to think of summer in the midst of winter. Hope you enjoy this article.
One of the things that BGOSS is really good at is engaging people with nature. 2017 was a very good year for Monarchs. When reviewing our images from 2017, a common theme emerged: “Bringing Monarchs and People Together“. Have fun watching this one minute video that illustrates the joy that Monarchs bring to us. Spread the word around by sharing this video with your friends and family. This video is also available on our new BGOSS YouTube account.