A return to old habits…

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photos by Kelli O’Brien

…and habitats I have been working at the Zoo, in some fashion, for 9 years this May.

During my tenure here at the Zoo I have done just about every education program that there is, including the Bunk with Beasts, tours, camps and classes and most recently coordinating our Wegmans ZooMobile and Explorers programs.

This year marks a return of my participation in the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation Butterfly Beltway program. This was the first program I participated in when I started here in 2004. I started as an assistant and now return as the program’s coordinator. I am excited about this opportunity because I love these wonderful insects and have been working with them since college. The Butterfly Beltway is an outreach program designed to increase butterfly habitat, one garden at a time.

Butterfly Garden at Brockport 2010 KO (4)Starting in 2002, our Butterfly Beltway program has planted more than 125 gardens across western New York and the Finger Lakes region. Gardens have been planted at senior facilities, special needs centers, schools, businesses, libraries, places of worship and community organizations. By planting gardens, educating the public and releasing butterflies, we hope to create a better world for these important pollinators. These gardens are breeding spots during the summer and rest stops for the Monarch butterfly during the fall migration. Click here to learn more about our Butterfly Beltway program or to request a Butterfly garden planted at a location of your choosing visit!

– Tim Fowler Outreach Coordinator

1 Response so far »

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    while you are at it you should encourage the Zoo to get rid of, excuse me, replace the non native plants with more native materials. I have written several times that there is Japanese knotweed, a terribly invasive species in more than one location to remain unmolested.
    To leave it there suggests that the Zoo does not care about native habitat and native species.

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