BGOSS is profiled in the winter 2018 issue of The Spotted Turtle. This newsletter is published by the Friends of MacGregor Park who were the first partner group to support our concept in 2014. The BGOSS pod is right beside the Visitor Center and is lovingly cared for by the summer staff. Enjoy the article. To learn more about the great things that the Friends of MacGregor Park is involved in, check out their web site.
BGOSS recognized their long time supporter and friend, Francis Chua, Manager – Environment & Sustainability at Bruce Power as an honourary Pod Squad Ambassador. Francis and his team has been involved in BGOSS since 2015 supporting its many projects and engaging Bruce Power employees in planting plants, assisting in community presentations and participating in BGOSS tagging days. Francis was presented with a Monarch print from Kerry Jarvis and Melitta Smole, that reads, “Together, Making a Difference.” Partnerships exist to make a difference and Francis has led by example supporting our special projects and to help Monarchs and other pollinators.
As part of its ongoing partnership with Bruce Power, BGOSS has been profiled in the 2018 edition of the Wildlife Habitat Council engagement calendar. This marks the third year that BGOSS has been part of this calendar. We are about “planting plants” and “planting awareness.”
The first reported Monarch has arrived in Saugeen Shores. Madeline Sanagan, Assistant Natural Heritage Education Leader at MacGregor Point Provincial Park spotted the female Monarch on Saturday, May 20 at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. The Monarch is nectaring on dandelion. Flowering dandelions are an important early spring nectaring flower for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. (All the more reason to let dandelions flower and then remove them when they are ready to go to seed.)
MacGregor Point Provincial Park and the Friends of MacGregor are partner groups with Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. Next time you are at MacGregor Park remember to visit the BGOSS pod which is right beside the Visitors Centre.
Our third article in a continuing series with the Shoreline Beacon newspaper deals with the spring migration of the overwintering Monarchs in Mexico. The second leg of their unique migratory journey takes them from Mexico to Texas.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has partnered with the Shoreline Beacon newspaper to showcase a series of articles dealing with Monarchs, native planting, migration, and Monarch tagging. Our second article deals with the Monarchs overwintering sites in Mexico.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has partnered with the Shoreline Beacon newspaper to showcase a series of articles dealing with Monarchs, native planting, migration, and Monarch
tagging. The first article deals with how Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores began.
You’ve seen our beautiful logo on our pod signs, web site, rack cards, post cards and in the media. Our logo was created by Chris Irvine, Designer for the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, as part of our on-going partnership with the museum. Chris has shared his creative design talents in our logo design and in various other marketing related ideas in making us look really good! He is one of the many volunteers of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores who has made a difference in our community.
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.
Word spreads quickly about the good things that Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) has been doing. Recently, the Toronto Entomologists’ Association (TEA ) joined in partnership by providing BGOSS with a dedicated page on their web site. “The Toronto Entomologists’ Association (T.E.A.) is a non-profit educational and scientific organization formed to promote interest in insects, to encourage co-operation among amateur and professional entomologists, to educate and inform non-entomologists about insects, entomology and related fields, to aid in the preservation of insects and their habitats and to issue publications in support of these objectives”.
It is encouraging to be recognized outside the walls of our community and this unique partnership brings to life the contribution of BGOSS to a wider audience.