Bee-utiful Port Barrington is a Bee City USA!  ComEd / Openlands Grant enables installation of Village Hall Raingardens and Bee Habitat

The Village Board of Port Barrington voted in 2020 to accept certification as a Bee City USA. The Board’s action was is the culmination of months of effort by a committee dedicated to aid in the preservation of pollinators by providing them with a healthy habitat rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators such as bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies, hummingbirds and many others are responsible for the production of almost ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume!  The Village is proud that these gardens support the “30 x 30

To learn more about Pollinator Preservation from the EPA, click here or from Bee City USA and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, click here

The Village received a $10,000 ComEd /Openlands Green Region  grant for a project entitled “Village Hall Rain Garden and Bee Habitat.” This project helped install four mini “pocket gardens”, converting  a patch of former asphalt and a swale of culvert into a bountiful bee & butterfly nectar bar!  There are native plantings incorporated in the project that will help draw rainwater back into the ground quickly as it filters out pollutants such as oil and road salt residues from the parking lot. Formerly these pollutants would be captured by a storm sewer draining to Hermann Park Pond.  In addition, two areas were planted for pollinators and are suited to catch rainwater from Village buildings. Supported by generous funding from ComEd and Openlands!!  www.openlands.org

Consider creating BEE habitat IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD!  The more people and organizations that become involved, the sooner pollinator declines will BEE reversed! Check out these resources with more coming soon!

Native Plant List :  Click below for a list of plants according to conditions

Dry Soil                         Mesic Prairies (medium or average soil moisture)                   Wetter soils

Shade                             Native Trees & Shrubs

For Native Pollinator Plant Nurseries to purchase plants click >>here<< 

For the Village of Port Barrington’s Integrated Pest Management Plan click >>here<<<