BGOSS Visitor Feedback

BGOSS gets lots of visitors to our pods. One visitor shared their experience in an email.

“You guys are great! Just visited a few of your pods today while passing through to Tobermory. Great job everyone! I have raised Monarchs for over 50 years. I have made many Monarch friends through FB. I am from Chatham/Kent and Erieau down south on Lake Erie. You all have done a fabulous job. Keep it up!. Thank you Thank you.”

Picture of the mural at Perkins Park.

Caterpillar Corner Activity Book Now Available

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has just launched its Caterpillar Corner Activity Book. This 24 page, beautifully illustrated book follows the journey of Avery and Fernando, — sister and brother Monarch butterflies, who were raised in Saugeen Shores. Join Avery and Fernando in this fun-filled activity book. Discover their world by exploring the BGOSS pods, and along the way learn about the importance of milkweed and native plants.

The CC Activity Book is ideal for youth 4 – 12 years of age. It was created by Barb Willner, Melitta Smole and Kerry Jarvis and illustrated by Stacey Hill from Bruce Power.

Pick up your free copy at the BGOSS Nature Library, Saugeen Shores libraries, Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce tourists offices, Turtle Crossing, Carey Optical and the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.

Collector’s Post Card #5

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores is pleased to launch its Collector’s Post Card Edition #5. Each year BGOSS releases two post cards for the public to enjoy. The new Caterpillar Corner logo is premiered on the latest post card. This adorable logo was designed by Stacey Hill of Bruce Power and depicts a pair of Monarch caterpillars on top of a milkweed leaf. Our tagline is, “Discover Our World.” Our goal is to encourage youth to make “discoveries” into the world of nature. BGOSS Collector’s Post Cards are available for free at designated BGOSS Pod Posts, the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, Saugeen Shores libraries and the Chamber of Commerce tourism offices in Southampton and Port Elgin.

Picture of the Caterpillar Corner Postcard

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.