Our amazing webmaster Barb has created our very own BGOSS YouTube channel! Take a moment to check us out on YouTube. Listen, view, learn and enjoy the many things that make BGOSS successful.
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.”
To compliment its various nesting boxes, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, has added a new Screech Owl box at Perkins Park in Southampton. The nesting boxes at Perkins Park have proven to be very successful with chickadees, house wrens and starlings taking up residence. Screech Owls are resident birds in this area and BGOSS is hopeful that one will find this nesting box. A special thanks to box builder Steven Baulch, and installers Leo Butler and Kerry Jarvis.
The Pods at Perkins Park are now ready for a long deserved rest as Pod Squad Ambassadors; Shelley, Steven, Melitta, Kerry and our latest ambassador, Marvin Doran, moved plants and shrubs around and fenced in the shrubs for protection from the local rabbits. BGOSS was also assisted by nearby neighbour Tom. Pictured here is new Pod Squad Ambassador, Marvin Doran. Welcome to the BGOSS team Marvin.
Protecting Monarchs by planting roadside milkweed does have its challenges. This article deals with some of the issues. Thanks to BJ Martin in K-W for bringing this to our attention.
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Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores presented to a sold out audience of 275 people on November 9 in Owen Sound to Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning. The presentation was part of a 7 week lecture series on ‘Sustainability and Tourism Along Our Shores.’ Kerry Jarvis’ topic was “Making A Difference: One Plant at a Time.” Kerry’s presentation shared stories, images, testimonials and videos on the importance of planting native plants, planting awareness and how the Pod Squad Ambassadors are making a difference in Saugeen Shores.
We had a very successful tagging season. Many people who came out to our community tagging events asked us lots of questions. So, we wrote an article on the most commonly asked questions.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores hosted several community Monarch tagging days. Read the entire story from the Saugeen Times.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has been alerted to several Monarch roosts in Southampton. Migrating Monarchs will sometimes create roosts in trees where dozens or thousands of them will stay for a day or two. They will typically roost in an area where there is nearby nectaring sources. One roost was documented by cottagers to have about 500 Monarchs! It is really great that residents of Southampton have taken to the Monarchs by planting milkweed and native nectaring plants. The Monarchs are showing us this year that they really appreciate your efforts. For more information on what plants Monarchs love, check out our special gardening section.
Making a difference really begins with the selection of plants we put in our gardens.
This image shows the size difference of a Monarch compared to a Viceroy. The tagged Monarch is considerably larger. (approximately 1″) The Viceroy is distinguished by its arching black band on its hind wing. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweeds and Viceroy caterpillars feed on willow and poplar. One birder commented that seeing a Monarch and a Viceroy together is like seeing a Downy Woodpecker and a Hairy Woodpecker. They are somewhat similar, but when viewed together you can really notice the differences in size and in other features.