BGOSS presentation to Huron Fringe Field Naturalists

Kerry Jarvis shared through images, videos and stories the plight of the Monarch butterfly to the Huron Fringe Field Naturalist in Kincardine on June 27. He also talked about the importance of community engagement stressing that we can all act as agents of change to help protect the environment.

Club members and Pod Squad Ambassadors, Bob Taylor and Anne-Marie Benedict were in attendance and display the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores banner with Kerry Jarvis.

Image by: Christine Roberts

Read the full story from the Kincardine Record here.


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.