Monarch Tagging in Saugeen Shores Breaks Record!

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

Tagged Monarch Butterfly

5th Community Tagging Event

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!

 

6 Monarchs Recovered in Mexico – Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Community Tagging Days

Monarch butterfly with tag on its wing.2018 was an amazing year for Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) as they tagged 893 Monarchs. To top it off, Monarch Watch, from the University of Kansas, who co-ordinates the tagging program, has just announced that 6 Monarchs from Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores were recovered in Mexico.

The recovered Monarchs were tagged in late August and early September in Southampton at the Saugeen Golf course, Captain Spence Path, Perkins Park and the Saugeen Rail Trail. “This is quite an unexpected surprise,” says Kerry Jarvis, co-founder of BGOSS. “The odds of having one recovery is rare, but to have 6 in one year is quite exciting, especially when you consider that there are millions of Monarchs over wintering in Mexico.” The recovered monarchs were found in 2 of the major reserves in Mexico: El Rosario, and Cerro Pelon and would have travelled a distance of over 4,500 kilometers. Since it began its Community Tagging Days in 2015, BGOSS has tagged over 1,400 Monarchs and has 9 recoveries.

Now, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores is eagerly waiting for the return of the great-grand children from the fall migrating Monarchs to grace their presence in our community.

Record Monarchs Tagged in Saugeen Shores 2018, Monarch Tagging Summary

Tagging Monarchs is one of the most popular programs led by the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS). It brings people of all ages together to experience butterflies up close. According to Melitta Smole, BGOSS executive, “2018 marked the fourth year of our tagging program. It was an awesome year! We had a record number of 893 tagged monarchs — 574 males and 319 females.”

Chart depicting the number of butterflies tagged in Saugeen Shores
Smole attributes the increased numbers to a variety of reasons, including; the healthy mature plants in our butterfly garden pods throughout Saugeen Shores, and more people in our community planting native plants and milkweed.

One monarch, tagged by Carl Raynard on August 25, 2018 in Southampton, was recovered alive in Indianola, Iowa on September 9, — some 15 days later and 2,000 kilometres away. This tagged butterfly was re-released and hopefully has joined the millions of monarchs in Mexico.

In March, the overwintering monarchs will start the second leg of their spring migration to Texas. By the end of May and into early June the first monarch will be spotted in Saugeen Shores. “We are looking forward to another exciting year of monarchs flying in our community and bringing us joy,” says Smole.