Helping Pollinators in Downers Grove

Connie Schmidt,Connie Schmidt Chair for the State of Illinois Sierra Club, attended the May 15th Council meeting. She explained that June has been declared National PolliPollinator Posternators Month and Governor Bruce Rauner has designated June 18-24 as Illinois Pollinator Week.  Connie presented our community its own special poster for Illinois Pollinator Week in recognition of our support for the DuPage Monarch Project.  PDHA Chair, Ken Lerner, joined Connie in praising the support for pollinators that is been given by Downers Grove.

The Village has been awarded a grant for a pollinator garden through the ComEd Green Region program which assists local communities in protecting and improving public spaces. Openlands, a non-profit conservation land trust dedicated to protecting open spaces in the Chicago region for over 50 years, administers the Green Region program. The Conservation Foundation is partnering with the Village on the project and providing their Pollinator Meadow Mix for the garden.

The pollinator garden is now being installed in the open areas Pollinators Signnear the Belmont underpass. The grass inside the turnarounds at Warren Avenue and Belmont Road is being replaced with sustainable native plants to attract and provide a habitat for pollinators. Although you may not always see them in a garden or green space, pollinators like bees, beetles, moths, hummingbirds and butterflies, are a critical component to strong and healthy harvests, but populations have been declining in recent years. The garden will also include milkweed to target Monarch butterflies, building on efforts by surrounding suburbs to develop a "Monarch corridor" along the BNSF railroad.