Partnerships for Pollinators

Our Partnership for Monarch Conservation

The Illinois Monarch Project, Sag Moraine Native Plant Community and Brookfield Zoo are teaming up to create “Partnerships for Pollinators”, a series of events in 2024 to promote monarch conservation efforts in Illinois. Our shared mission: to preserve habitats, plant native species, and ensure a thriving future for monarch butterflies and pollinators.

Why are we coming together?

With three organizations dedicated to monarch and native plant conservation, we’re combining our efforts to unite Illinois communities and amplify conservation efforts of adding 150 million new milkweed stems and other nectar resources to the Illinois landscape by 2038. It’s simple: More native plants lead to more monarchs & pollinators, creating a ripple effect of increased awareness.

Our Goals:

  • Raise awareness about monarch butterflies and their conservation needs
  • Encourage understanding and compassion for monarchs
  • Motivate action on behalf of monarch butterflies
  • Plant native plants, including milkweed, at home or work to support monarchs and other pollinators

What's next?

“Partnerships for Pollinators” will host a series of webinars, engaging videos, social media outreach and events tailored to various age groups ensuring that everyone, from kids to adults, can access valuable information and engage in meaningful actions to protect pollinators.

WEBINAR 1

Homegrown National Park with Doug Tallamy

Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 PM CT

Explore why our parks, preserves, and remaining wildland, no matter how vast, are not enough to sustain our ecosystems. Learn about the importance of private lands and how a collective effort by landowners, managers, and civilians is crucial. Discover how small steps, such as reducing lawns, planting natives, and removing invasives, can contribute to the restoration of 20 million acres, equivalent to half of our current lawn area. Be part of this national movement for a healthier environment.

WEBINAR 2

Why Monarchs Matter and How We Can Help

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 PM CT

Our iconic Monarch Butterflies are truly a natural wonder. Their incredible 3,000-mile migration from Mexico to Canada and back takes 4 generations to complete. It is a wonder of nature and unique within the entire animal kingdom. Although resilient, they need our help. Monarch populations have declined over 90% in recent decades. Humans have created this problem but can also solve it. In this webinar we will discuss why the Monarch is so important, and simple ways we can all do our part to prevent their extinction.

WEBINAR 3

The Ins and Outs of Creating a Native Pollinator Garden

Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 PM CT

Adding native plants to your landscape is one of the best things you can do to create a healthier ecosystem and assist our declining pollinator populations. When you plant native, your yard will come alive with bursts of color, butterflies, and birds. Native plants will also ultimately reduce the amount of money and time you invest in your landscape. If you have considered planting natives in your yard and need a little guidance, then you have found the right place. In this webinar we will provide a step by step guide to planting and caring for your native garden.

Partnerships for Pollinators Tool Kit

Help us get the word out!

Download our tool kit complete with social media images and copy to help us get the word out about Partnerships for Pollinators and this great series of upcoming events.

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