monarch butterfly polinator

August 21, 2019

Free workshop looks at ways to support pollinators in cities and towns

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Local outdoors and environmental enthusiasts, gardeners and others are invited to learn more about how to support pollinators during a workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale next week.

The free workshop is set for 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the SIU Student Services Building. Registration is required to attend the event.

Pollinators under threat

Pollinators include various insects that transfer pollen among plants through their activities and travels. Some pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly, are in serious decline, prompting organizations in three Illinois municipalities to work together with Field Museum scientists to research the problem and develop local monarch conservation priorities for those areas.

The workshop will address findings from the 2018 studies, along with discussing their implications for the Carbondale area and the conservation efforts overall.

Strategies for conservation

Those attending will learn best methods for monarch conservation efforts and planning and how other cities and towns can learn and benefit from Field Museum partners’ research. They also will learn how to stay connected with conservationists.

For more information, contact Geory Kurtzhals, director of the office of sustainability, at 618/453-2786.