Busiest Pollinator Transporters
By MaryAnn Fink, Pollinator Junction, LIFE Exhibit Curator Who are the "primary" pollinators most likely to visit the LIFE Exhibit at Pollinator Junction Park? Let's meet them and nine groups of "primary pollinators," and their most recognizable ambassadors. Our pollinator "ambassadors" are good representatives of a group of pollinators. They are the most familiar, most efficient, most common, least aggressive, sometimes truly unique or just the easiest to recognize "pollen transporters." These pollinators are also the easiest to attract to our flowers. They need a place to eat and "bee" safe in our landscape. These all can "bee" fun to watch and welcomed part of our neighborhoods! These "pollination pros" also do most of the work of pollinating! These are our Pollinator Junction's Pollinator Pantry Ambassadors: 1) Butterflies and Skippers, the ambassadors: Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Silver-spotted Skipper ( Epargyreus clarus) 2) Nectar Moths
Volunteer Gardening Work Days
Volunteer Gardening Work Days, Thursdays 8 - 11 a.m. The Museum of Transportation has native wildflower gardens, prairie gardens, pollinator gardens, and natural areas. These add beauty as well as much needed habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Volunteers of all experience levels are needed. We need help to pull weeds, install new plantings, water, mulch, and remove honeysuckle. Experienced gardeners are needed to mentor those who are new to gardening and supervise large groups. Currently, we host volunteer work days every Thursday from 8 - 11 a.m., but location may vary so it's good to call ahead or text (847) 289-9760. Other work days may be added over time, so please check Events Calendar - Museum of Transportation. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather -- Long sleeves (with short sleeves underneath), long pants, hat, durable close-toed shoes, eye protection (it's fine to wear glasses) when trimming, a bucket, leather gloves, hand spade or
Pollinary Park Butterfly Fairy Statue
We installed a new butterfly fairy statue in the Museum of Transportation's Pollinary Park this week. The attached photo pictures our very own MaryAnn Fink along with the statue (BTW, not the tall gentleman, he's Doug Wolter--the statue has the wings). We are having fun at
Pollinary Pantry Park is Buzzing!
Plan to visit (check our schedule here) our Pollinary Pantry Park on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. when MaryAnn Fink is available to answer pollinator or general gardening questions. MaryAnn is also available once a month on our Pollinator Pantry Park Family Days from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30