The Miller Park Zoo is starting a new conservation project to expand its pollinator garden to include more diverse and endangered species.
The project is the result of a new grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.
The goal of this project is to swap all the plants in the pollinator garden with plants that are exclusively endangered or threatened. All plants that are replaced in the garden will be relocated to another pollinator garden in White Oak Park.
Additionally, to combat the endangerment of the Karner Blue Butterfly, the zoo is planting nearly one hundred Wild Lupine plants at Allin and Front Street to feed its caterpillars.
Pollinators are essential to the food production system, to grow over one hundred crops in the United States and to maintain clean air and healthy ecosystems.
The value of crop production from pollinators is $18 billion. Due to a variety of reasons, including habitat loss and global warming, pollinators are decreasing.
To take part in the zoo’s conservation project, people can contribute to the Zoo Conservation Fund, plant their own pollinator-friendly species and volunteer at Miller Park Zoo.