To compliment its various nesting boxes, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, has added a new Screech Owl box at Perkins Park in Southampton. The nesting boxes at Perkins Park have proven to be very successful with chickadees, house wrens and starlings taking up residence. Screech Owls are resident birds in this area and BGOSS is hopeful that one will find this nesting box. A special thanks to box builder Steven Baulch, and installers Leo Butler and Kerry Jarvis.
Beverly Whitney of Sauble Beach loves the work that BGOSS is doing in our community. At the Marine Heritage Festival in Southampton, she made a donation to BGOSS. On hand to accept her donation were Pod Squad Ambassadors, Shelley Dittburner and Craig Selby.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores receives surprise donation from the Choir of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Southampton in recognition of anniversary milestones of Bonnie and Bob Hastings and Mary and Rick Slyver. What a great thought to share with the community. Pictured presenting the donation on behalf of the choir is Carol Mackowski to Kerry Jarvis of BGOSS.
Emily Johnston in Monarch Cape oversees the watering of plants by Francis Chua
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores is pleased to announce the continued support of Bruce Power toward its many projects in 2016. According to co-founder, Kerry Jarvis, “With Bruce Powers’ support, we are able to expand our butterfly gardens this year, plant an additional 750 native plants and shrubs, develop a network of pod signage, install bird boxes, expand our web site, lead butterfly tagging programs and assist the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in its programming
Francis Chua, Bruce Power Manager of Environment & Sustainability, is a keen supporter of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. Chua volunteered in the planting day of new pods at Perkins Park and has been instrumental in the growth of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores since its onset in 2014. “Bruce Power is honoured to be a contributor to the wonderful community and environmental project undertaken by the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. We share the same care and concern for protection of Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. We are very grateful that the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores and all the community volunteers and partners have the passion to take action and make a difference,” says Chua.
Melitta Smole mentions that one of the most asked questions is, “What plants can I put in my garden to attract Monarchs and pollinators?” “We have included a complete list of all the plants used by Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores on our web page and some practical tips on creating a butterfly garden,” states Smole.
Emily Johnston, Bruce Power Senior Technical Officer in Environment & Sustainability, Francis Chua, Bruce Power Manager of Environment & Sustainability, Melitta Smole, co-founder of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores and Kerry Jarvis, co-founder of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.
The Port Elgin and Southampton libraries have recently added books and dvd’s dealing with monarch butterflies and native gardening thanks to a $1000 donation from Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. Presenting the cheque to Maryanne McMillan, Assistant Branch Supervisor and Amanda Ransome, Library Clerk of Bruce County Library is Kerry Jarvis. According to Amanda, “The books and videos are already in high demand. All of the children’s books have been signed out.” The donation of resource materials is part of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores education program in the community. The grant money was generously donated by Community Foundation Grey Bruce.