BGOSS Collector’s Post Card #7

BGOSS collector’s post card #7 is now available at our Nature Lending Library and at our pod posts. This post card shows the beauty of Butterfly flower in full bloom. It is a native milkweed plant that attracts a variety of pollinating insects. This is a beautiful plant to have in your garden and it is a food source for monarch caterpillars. You can use the post card to send a message to a friend, use it as a bookmark, or place it on your fridge door.

BGOSS collector’s post card #7

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Unveils Nature Library

On Wednesday June 6, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) officially unveiled a Nature “Little Free” Library in Southampton. The Nature Library is located at Pod S-6 near the big flag.

According to Barb Weissman, Pod Squad Ambassador and Nature Library co-ordinator, “the library’s nature themed collection celebrates the exploration and enjoyment of nature and encourages the preservation of natural habitats. Residents and visitors will find books for all ages about North American plants, birds, insects and animals, with a special focus on monarch butterflies and gardening for pollinators.”

This beautiful piece of community art was designed by Weissman and built by master carpenter, Hans Veenvliet. Cindy McKenna, renowned local artist, adorned the library with nature themes of butterflies, a bee, a bird’s nest, flowers and a toad.

BGOSS welcomes the community to read and borrow books from the Nature Library and to return them for others to enjoy. A free bookmark is included inside each book for readers to keep. In addition, there is a yellow guest book for you to write and share your observations as you stroll along the Captain Spence Path visiting the various butterfly pods. Melitta Smole, BGOSS executive, says, “The Nature “little free” Library” is great for community engagement. Visitors and locals can enjoy nature related books on the nearby park benches while taking in the sights and sounds of the Lake Huron shoreline.”

Nature Library

Creators of “Nature ‘little free’ Library.” Pictured left to right. Cindy McKenna artist, Hans Veenvliet carpenter and builder, Beverly Carlisle Pod Squad Ambassador, Barb Weissman Nature Library Ambassador and Melitta Smole BGOSS executive.

Grand Opening of Nature ‘little free’ Library

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.

Watering the Gardens

Butterflies

Title: Butterflies
Text: by Ronald Orenstein
Photography: by Thomas Marent
Published: 2015
Target audience: Adults

Thomas Marent’s photography make this book a pleasure to peruse. Ronald Orenstein’s text contains the answers to questions regarding butterflies, moths and caterpillars from around the world. The overall message continues to be that restoring habitat may be crucial for butterflies with few natural refuges left in a changing world and a warming climate. For us this means conserving larval host plants and, for flower-feeding butterflies, adult nectar sources. Create a butterfly garden in your own yard this summer!

by Stephanie Kelly
Pod Squad Ambassador

Front cover of the book Butterflies

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

Your Backyard: The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly

Your Backyard : The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly
By Crowe’s Nest Media (2011)
Ages 4-adult

Join siblings and backyard scientists Taylor, Samuel and Grace as they host this fascinating 60 minute video and share their extensive knowledge.

The children begin with the monarch life cycle;  they explain how to raise monarchs, how to safely net and tag them and reveal the reason for tagging monarchs.

Described by Crowe’s Nest Media as a “fascinating creation journey for the entire family”.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

 

Book Review: Attracting Native Pollinators

Title: Attracting Native Pollinators
Author: The Xerces Society

The native pollinator population is facing a decline. Learn what YOU can do to reverse this trend and protect our food sources. A fascinating, full colour guide to understanding pollinators and their biology in order to provide basic habitat essentials in your own backyard and beyond. A complete resource!

Reviewed by: Stephanie Kelly

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

Book Review: Monarch and Milkweed

Title: Monarch and Milkweed
Authors: Helen Frost and Leonid Gore

Recommended for children ages 4-8, this beautifully illustrated hardcover portrays the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly as it heads north in search of milkweed on which to lay eggs. Delightful artwork depicts the egg hatching, the caterpillar growing and transforming to the chrysalis, followed by the magical debut of the Monarch. Children learn about the life of the milkweed plant from early spring through fall. Charming age appropriate book.

Reviewed by: Stephanie Kelly

Marcus and Rachael are enjoying listening to Mom read them the story of “Monarch and Milkweed”.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening,  and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program.  We have a PDF  of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

BGOSS Resource Materials

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening,  and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. Pod Squad Ambassador, Stephanie Kelly is reviewing the books and DVDs and we are pleased to share these with you. We have also included a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Please take the time to checkout the books and videos from the library.