Monarch Caterpillars

Monarch eggs are hatching. This newly emerged Monarch caterpillar is one day old. Its first meal is its egg shell. This is followed by eating a hole in the middle of the milkweed plant. Over the next few weeks this caterpillar will grow over 2,000 times this size feeding exclusively on milkweed leaves. It will undergo 5 molts, known as instars until it reaches full size.

They’re Back!

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.

Image by: Madeline Sanagan

Where Do the Monarchs go for Winter?

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.





Huron Fringe Birding Festival

The 20th Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be held May 26 to 29 and June 1 to 4, 2017. This amazing festival has something for everyone: from birding to wildflowers to photography and everything in between. The festival is one of the major events hosted by the Friends of MacGregor Park. The Friends are one of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores partners. In between the festival dates our Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has been listed as a destination of things to do.

Kerry Jarvis will be leading 2 events that showcase Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores along the Capt. Spence Path and the railtrail near Perkins Park.

Check out the web site for detailed information on the events and how to register.


BGOSS Behind the Scenes Volunteer: Nancy White, Finances

Keeping our finances in order, reconciling accounts and preparing year end statements is an important  behind the scenes task. Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores is very grateful to have Nancy White  co-ordinate our financial records. Her attention to detail, professionalism and dedication is making a difference in our community.


BGOSS Behind the Scenes Volunteer: Chris Irvine, Designer

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.