BGOSS Welcomes Port Elgin United Church: POD P-5

Port Elgin United Church is the first group in 2018 to become a new “Friends of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS).” The “Friends of BGOSS” is a program where church groups, schools and homeowners can be part of a community wide effort to promote native gardening to attract Monarchs and other pollinators. Melitta Smole, executive of BGOSS says, “We have two homeowners, Chantry Island and Port Elgin United Church who want to make a difference in our community by planting native plants.”

Port Elgin United Church Butterfly Garden

Reverend Bonnie Holliday, Sarah and Jordyn Earnshaw hold the BGOSS pod sign for their newly established butterfly garden with Patti Byers and Julie Earnshaw.

Your Backyard: The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly

Your Backyard : The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly
By Crowe’s Nest Media (2011)
Ages 4-adult

Join siblings and backyard scientists Taylor, Samuel and Grace as they host this fascinating 60 minute video and share their extensive knowledge.

The children begin with the monarch life cycle;  they explain how to raise monarchs, how to safely net and tag them and reveal the reason for tagging monarchs.

Described by Crowe’s Nest Media as a “fascinating creation journey for the entire family”.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

 

BGOSS and The Spotted Turtle

BGOSS is profiled in the winter 2018 issue of The Spotted Turtle. This newsletter is published by the Friends of MacGregor Park who were the first partner group to support our concept in 2014. The BGOSS pod is right beside the Visitor Center and is lovingly cared for by the summer staff. Enjoy the article. To learn more about the great things that the Friends of MacGregor Park is involved in, check out their web site.

2017: What a year!

2017 marked the 3rd year of BGOSS and was a year of many highlights. Most importantly, we saw an increase in the number of Monarch butterflies and other pollinators throughout Saugeen Shores. Our pods are now well established and we set an all time record for tagged Monarchs with 275. It is nice to think of summer in the midst of winter. Hope you enjoy this article.

Book Review: Attracting Native Pollinators

Title: Attracting Native Pollinators
Author: The Xerces Society

The native pollinator population is facing a decline. Learn what YOU can do to reverse this trend and protect our food sources. A fascinating, full colour guide to understanding pollinators and their biology in order to provide basic habitat essentials in your own backyard and beyond. A complete resource!

Reviewed by: Stephanie Kelly

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening, and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. We have a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

Book Review: Monarch and Milkweed

Title: Monarch and Milkweed
Authors: Helen Frost and Leonid Gore

Recommended for children ages 4-8, this beautifully illustrated hardcover portrays the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly as it heads north in search of milkweed on which to lay eggs. Delightful artwork depicts the egg hatching, the caterpillar growing and transforming to the chrysalis, followed by the magical debut of the Monarch. Children learn about the life of the milkweed plant from early spring through fall. Charming age appropriate book.

Reviewed by: Stephanie Kelly

Marcus and Rachael are enjoying listening to Mom read them the story of “Monarch and Milkweed”.

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening,  and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program.  We have a PDF  of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Click here for the entire listing, and then checkout the books and videos from the library.

BGOSS Resource Materials

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores has donated resource materials on Monarch butterflies, native gardening,  and insects to the Southampton and Port Elgin libraries as part of our “Planting Awareness” program. Pod Squad Ambassador, Stephanie Kelly is reviewing the books and DVDs and we are pleased to share these with you. We have also included a PDF of all of the resource materials available at our libraries. Please take the time to checkout the books and videos from the library.

Francis Chua: Honourary Member of BGOSS

BGOSS recognized their long time supporter and friend, Francis Chua,  Manager – Environment & Sustainability at Bruce Power as an honourary Pod Squad Ambassador. Francis and his team has been involved in BGOSS since 2015 supporting its many projects and engaging Bruce Power employees in planting plants, assisting in community presentations and participating in BGOSS tagging days. Francis was presented with a Monarch print from Kerry Jarvis and Melitta Smole, that reads, “Together, Making a Difference.” Partnerships exist to make a difference and Francis has led by example supporting our special projects and to help Monarchs and other pollinators.

Bringing Monarchs and People Together

One of the things that BGOSS is really good at is engaging people with nature. 2017 was a very good year for Monarchs. When reviewing our images from 2017, a common theme emerged: “Bringing Monarchs and People Together“. Have fun watching this one minute video that illustrates the joy that Monarchs bring to us. Spread the word around by sharing  this video with your friends and family. This video is also available on our new BGOSS YouTube account.

2017 Images

2017 was a very good year for Monarchs. Our pods, now in their 3rd year, are well established and our Pod Squad Ambassadors have reported many pollinators feeding on the plants. And, lots of Monarchs laying eggs on the milkweed plants. Take a journey through the images of 2017 as you reflect on the year. On behalf of BGOSS we would like to extend a special thanks to all of our website viewers for spending the time to visit us. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who might also be interested in viewing these images?