Pollinator Habitat

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 SignPollinator Sig

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

  • In an effort to encourage sustainable solutions for stormwater, residents that qualify for the Village's cost-sharing stormwater improvement program may have the costs for the installation of a rain garden offset. If eligible, up to 70% or $5,000 of the cost of acquiring and installing your rain garden will be covered by the Village. If interested in having the Village partially subsidize your rain garden, please contact the Public Works Department at 847-272-4711.
  • Residents interested in planting trees on their property may be eligible for the Village to cover up to 50% of associated expenses. The Village may cover up to $175 in cost of acquiring and planting a tree. Residents wanting more information can contact the Public Works Department via the GO Northbrook Service Request Page.
  • Email Sustainability Coordinator at sustainability@northbrook.il.us for updates on upcoming plant and tree giveaways.
  • Rain barrels are available at a discount rate to residents ($25 for each 55-gallon barrel, maximum two barrels per purchase).  Purchase from the Finance window at Village Hall. Visit our Water Conservation page to learn more.

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.


Map: Red indicates areas where the rusty patched bumble bee is present. Yellow considers the maximum dispersal potential of the species from sites with recent records. Both areas are considered important for conservation actions. Source: USFWS

Monarch Butterfly


Village President Sandy Frum first made a Village Monarch proclamation in 2015 and signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge in 2017. The Village continues to sustain pollinator conservation and education: see program updates at Northbrook's Monarch Pledge Community Page.