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.
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?
This has been a busy fall for our BGOSS Community Tagging Days, volunteers tagging and our BGOSS rearing program. Chris and Sarah have sent along this Monarch Tagging Newsletter for you to read. The newsletter has lots of good information included for all of our BGOSS taggers.
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!
Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12 noon
Location: meet at Perkins Park, Southampton
Open to people of all ages.
Nets provided by BGOSS
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.