Photos by Kerry Jarvis
The Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores (BGOSS) has engaged with Southampton Rotary and the Southampton Art Centre to create a unique ‘Monarch butterfly’ work of art.
The mural, painted by local artists, is on a three-section panel, each 8ft. x 4ft., and depicts the life cycle and migration routes of the Monarch butterfly and its plight to survive.
Artist JoAnn Sturgeon works on mural
Although Monarchs have been seen making a very slight come-back in numbers, their survival is a constant battle of finding food and surviving weather and a North America wide initiative to help them has begun.
Throughout Saugeen Shores, on-going endeavours have been made to attract and sustain the Monarch. In 2009, students of G. C. Huston Public School in Southampton began planting their own garden to attract butterflies and bees.
Then, ‘Wings of Change’ came to Southampton (Saugeen Shores) and a group of concerned volunteers who wanted to become more involved in the Monarch’s plight, formed the BGOSS. The group began establishing Butterfly Garden pods in earnest throughout the community and along the Captain Spence Trail in Southampton, working in partnership with various groups and organizations.