A pollinator is anything that helps flowering plants reproduce, such as bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, birds, flies, and small mammals. They are responsible for the pollination and reproduction of over 75% of all flowering plants (such as fruits and vegetables). Scientists warn that pollinators, especially insect pollinators, are declining rapidly in numbers over the past few decades. Habitat loss is considered a main contributing factor to this decline, so every backyard counts to help combat this issue that has cascading impacts on our food supply and ecosystem.
Free Pollinator Garden Sign
Any pocket of greenspace can serve as vital habitat for wildlife. Free yard signs are available at Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane) on the second floor in the Department of Development and Planning Services. Sign recipients must register their garden by contacting the Village Sustainability Coordinator at 847 664 4134 or by email. Sign recipients must to commit to the following for their pollinator garden:
1) Contain native plants - at least three different wildflower species, such as Coneflower, Milkweed, or Black-eyed Susans. Refer to this webpage for Village native plant recommendations.
2) Leave fallen tree leaves and dried-up vegetation for nesting insects.
3) Exclude exposure to inorganic pesticides such as weed-killers or mosquito barrier treatments.
Village Sustainable Landscaping Incentives
Rusty Patch Bumblebee
In Northbrook, we share our environment with the critically endangered rusty patched bumblebee: what we do in our backyards impact the fate of this species. The endangered bee is present in Northbrook's natural areas and has the ability to forage for nectar within a 3-mile range of its nesting site.