Friday, April 22, 2016

City of Dallas Park and Recreation is Launching a Pollinator Conservation Program

(DALLAS) - The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department is launching a pollinator conservation program that will help the declining population of essential pollinators, including: bees, butterflies, birds, bats and moths.

The program was developed by the department’s Urban Biologist, Brett Johnson.

“The program will incorporate native, nectar-rich plants that will attract beneficial insects in select areas of our park system,” said Johnson. “We’re going to use our existing wildflower areas to develop a diverse plant community to support a wider range of pollinators with a minimal budget impact.”

Pollinators are needed to sustain a healthy ecosystem. Plant-based foods and other food sources are produced through pollination, providing food for human consumption as well as a diverse species of wildlife. 

Johnson says you too can help in the effort by planting a pollinator garden, complete with colorful, fragrant, native flowers.

“Pollinator gardens are the perfect addition to your yard because they not only provide needed habitat for pollinators, but they help beautify your property,” said Johnson. “The best part is that you’ll be visited by beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies.

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