Pollinator Habitats

Please add your comments to the Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan by 7/31/2018

Many people are dedicated to pollinator conservation at UIC

bee artwork carved on wood

Researchers from the department of Biological Sciences’ Ecology & Evolution group have done extensive work on pollinators and urban landscapes. Dr. Alan Molumby, the chair of UIC’s Bee Campus USA, researches bees and pollinators. You can learn more about Dr. Molumby’s work here. Dr. Emily Minor studies the effect of populations in an urbanized environment. Read more about Dr. Minor’s work here.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on a Blazing Star plant

Through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Office of Sustainability created and maintains the Little Prairie on the Campus that transformed a 2,000 square foot lawn into a pollinator-friendly habitat with over 20 different species of native plants. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, Monarch caterpillars, and bumble bees have been sighted!

beehive at the Plant Research Lab

The Plant Research Laboratory hosts many native plants on the grounds surrounding the greenhouse that attract many pollinators including bumble bees and butterflies. Undergraduate Biology students can also study native prairie composition and structure here. The Plant Research Lab even has it’s own beehive!

two students catch a monarch butterfly form the nest to be released in the wild

Students from the Heritage Garden work to promote environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social justice. There are 8 satellite gardens in and around the Quad. One garden is dedicated to the preservation of monarch butterflies by planting native milkweed. Another garden is a bioswale with native plants that attract other pollinators to campus. 

student scattering seeds in the prairie

The James Woodworth Prairie (JWP) is owned by UIC through the department of Biological Sciences, but is located in Glenview, IL.  JWP maintains native populations pf prairie plants and hosts researchers that wish to investigate native prairies and pollinators. JWP is open to the public and gives tours. Nearly 40 different bee species were found at JWP – see the report here.

monarch butterfly on nodding onion in the lecture center plaza

The Energy Resource Center in the College of Engineering at UIC focuses on Monarch butterfly conservation by designating habitat locations. The group also facilitates a Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group focused on the utility and transportation sectors to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.

 

Hydrangea flowers serve as the cover for the

The UIC Grounds Department publishes a guide book with pictures of plants on campus and how to care for them that all members of the UIC Grounds department uses to ensure proper maintenance of our plants. UIC: A comprehensive field guide to plant life on our campus

There are pollinator-friendly plants all over campus – although you may not see them until the summer when they are in full bloom.

  • Allium Summer Beauty:  attracts pollinators & butterflies. You can experience the plant near the College of Dentistry, The College of Pharmacy, Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, Sports and Fitness Center, and the Student Services Building. 
  • Amsonia Blue Ice: attracts pollinators, butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near the Sports and Fitness Center and the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Calamintha: attracts butterflies & pollinators. You can experience the plant near the Peoria Street Bridge.
  • Catmintattracts butterflies, hummingbirds & pollinators. You can experience the plant near the Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, most parking lots, and the “Tobacco Free” planters campus wide. This is the most common pollinator-friendly plant on campus!
  • Gro-Low Sumac: attracts butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near most parking lots, the College of Pharmacy, Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, and the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Hydrangea paniculataattracts pollinators & butterflies. You can experience the plant near Student Center East, the College of Dentistry, the College of Pharmacy, Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, and Stevenson Hall.    
  • Rhus typhina: attracts pollinators. You can experience the plant near the Flames athletic Center, Grant Hall, and the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Rudbeckia Goldsturmattracts pollinators, butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Sporobolus heterolepsisattracts pollinators, butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near the “Tobacco Free” planters campus wide as well as near Douglas Hall.