Barb Dost, website leader for Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, masterminded the BGOSS pod location map that highlights all of our registered and certified pods. Barb maintains our web site, contributes to our Instagram account and, along with her husband Paul, is involved in Monarch tagging. She also runs her own social media sites, Squigly’s Playhouse and This Busy Life. BGOSS is very pleased to have Barb on board as one of our communities behind the scenes volunteer.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores receives surprise donation from the Choir of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Southampton in recognition of anniversary milestones of Bonnie and Bob Hastings and Mary and Rick Slyver. What a great thought to share with the community. Pictured presenting the donation on behalf of the choir is Carol Mackowski to Kerry Jarvis of BGOSS.
Grace Dyer, 13 years old, volunteered to archive year one and two of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. Grace has compiled the materials, images, articles and other information for the BGOSS archives. The materials created by Grace will be housed in the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre. In addition, Grace created a photo album that can be used for presentations. It’s people like Grace who are making a difference in our community.
An enthusiastic group of people participated in our second tagging day. There were plenty of Monarchs along the Captain Spence Path but the high winds made it very difficult to net them. So the group headed to Perkins Park where several Monarchs were tagged. One Monarch netted already had a tag. The tag turned out to be a Monarch that BGOSS tagged over a week ago. So, this tells us that this Monarch is enjoying the plentiful food source at Perkins Park planted by BGOSS. Monarchs need to store high energy fats for the long voyage to Mexico. Francis Chua, from Bruce Power, who helped plant the pods at Perkins Park, also netted, tagged and released his first ever Monarch. The nets were provided by our major sponsor, Bruce Power as part of our ongoing partnership.
It’s that time of year again when the Monarch butterflies start their annual migration to Mexico. To celebrate the migration, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) hosted a tagging outing on Saturday, September 3 along the Captain Spence Path in Southampton. BGOSS organizers, Melitta Smole and Kerry Jarvis were joined by curious and interested people from the Owen Sound Field Naturalists, Pod Squad Ambassadors, BGOSS Facebook followers, vacationers and local families. The Hoy family; Sadie, and her daughter Vienne (6 years old) and son Royal (3 years old) from Southampton thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get up close with a Monarch. According to Sadie, “We frequent the Captain Spence Path daily in the summer and immensely appreciate all the effort, beauty and life Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has injected into the shore line!” Vienne and Royal tagged a male Monarch and wished it “adios” and a safe voyage on its 6,000 kilometer journey from Southampton to Mexico.
For the next Monarch tagging day sponsored by Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, check out our Facebook page.
The Monarch migration has begun. For the second year, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores will be tagging Monarchs throughout September. Tagging Monarchs is an exciting experience for people to get up close to these wonderful butterflies. Monarch tags are given a unique code, web site and email so that researchers know where the Monarch was tagged and how far it traveled. Last year one of our Monarchs was recovered in Mexico! (Take a look at the photo of the Monarch with the tag on its hind wing).
Join the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores for its tagging of Monarchs day in Southampton on Saturday, September 3 from 1 – 3 pm at the Big Flag. In the meantime, take a look at our monarch tagging video.
The pod sign posts are now in the ground! Steven Baulch, Ian Anderson and Leo Butler spent the day with the post hole digger placing the posts at each of our certified pods throughout Saugeen Shores. The Pod number signs and the Monarch WayStation signs will go up later this week. A big shout out to the 3 amigos who persevered the humidity and heat. Check out the web site map and the sign posts for information on all of the BGOSS certified pods.
Emily Johnston in Monarch Cape oversees the watering of plants by Francis Chua
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.
Emily Johnston, Bruce Power Senior Technical Officer in Environment & Sustainability, Francis Chua, Bruce Power Manager of Environment & Sustainability, Melitta Smole, co-founder of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores and Kerry Jarvis, co-founder of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.
Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores is running a training workshop on Friday, June 17 from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Port Elgin library meeting room for this year’s volunteers. Hope to see you there.
Refreshments and light finger foods provided. At this meeting we will be sharing with you information updates on Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, resource materials and our planting schedule to assist you as a Pod Squad leader or volunteer. Our plants will be arriving on Thursday, June 16! Yahoo!!!
Our first scheduled planting day is at Perkins Park on Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 am with the Southampton Rotary. Drop us a line if you are able to help out with the planting at Perkins Park.
The Port Elgin and Southampton libraries have recently added books and dvd’s dealing with monarch butterflies and native gardening thanks to a $1000 donation from Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. Presenting the cheque to Maryanne McMillan, Assistant Branch Supervisor and Amanda Ransome, Library Clerk of Bruce County Library is Kerry Jarvis. According to Amanda, “The books and videos are already in high demand. All of the children’s books have been signed out.” The donation of resource materials is part of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores education program in the community. The grant money was generously donated by Community Foundation Grey Bruce.