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Initiative set to bring back pollinators

Apr 09, 2014

DES MOINES – Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo is teaming up with 10 organizations to introduce Plant.Grow.Fly., a conservation initiative to bring back native pollinators.

Plant.Grow.Fly. encourages community members to plant pollinator habitat in yards, schools and businesses.

The initiative is backed by several organizations including: Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Science Center of Iowa, Drake University, Polk County Conservation, Warren County Conservation, Madison County Conservation, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Des Moines Area Community College-West Campus, as well as a national program, Monarch Joint Venture.

“One-third of our global food supply depends on pollinators and much of our world’s biodiversity relies on the services they provide. Pollinators, like butterflies and bees, are declining at an alarming rate in our rapidly changing environment,” said Jessie Lowry, Blank Park Zoo’s conservation coordinator.

Lowry said the Plant.Grow.Fly. project is developing a gardening how-to guide that can be found at www.plantgrowfly.com.

“Insects are an integral part of our environment, making more resources available will help to insure the survival of these amazing animals,” said Nathan Brockman, butterfly wing curator at Reiman Gardens.

“Using region-specific garden recipes, you can plant the flowers and grasses that benefit our local species the most,” said Lowry. “We believe that no effort is too small and that each of us can do our part to preserve the biodiversity around us — just by planning gardens in our yards.”

Plant.Grow.Fly website can be found at www.plantgrowfly.com

For more information, contact Lowry at 515-490-4370 or jrlowry@blankparkzoo.org. Ryan Bickel, also at the Blank Park Zoo, also can answer questions at 515-988-9485 and rpbickel@blankparkzoo.org.

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