Support our Native Pollinators

In December of 2017, Village President Sandy Frum signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, thus committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators and to educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home and in their community. See the Village Monarch proclamation here.

Monarch Way Station Garden

Monarch WayStation Program

YOU can help make a difference!

In an effort to make the Village of Northbrook a resource-filled pit stop for our beloved pollinators on their travels, the Village’s Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) encourages residents to plant milkweed, a native plant that is necessary to complete the monarch life cycle. Monarchs exclusively lay eggs on milkweed as it is the only food source that the monarch caterpillar will eat.

Residential gardens that sustain Monarch’s during their annual migration are eligible to receive a “Let’s Make Northbrook a Monarch Way Station” garden sign. To be eligible, gardens must:

  1. Contain native plants.
  2. Exclude exposure to pesticides or herbicides.
  3. Contain at least three (3) native milkweed plants, planted in close proximity to one another. 
  4. Bring a picture of your butterfly garden to the Public Works Department to receive a sign. Please confirm sign availability with Public Works Department prior to pick-up. 

For more information on building a way station, visit monarchwatch.org. To ask a question or submit a photo of your Monarch Way Station, click here.

Pesticides and Pollinators

Neonicitinoid Pesticides have been linked to a decline in bees as well and the decline of other pollinators. This chemical agent is used in a number of professionally applied and commercially available lawn products including Bayer Tree and Shrub, Treeage, and Sevin. It is only in some cases that use of Neonicitinoids are appropriate and often times this chemical is misused and overused. For more information on Neonicitinoids and their proper use, see our Homeowner Guide to Pesticides.

Questions for Property Owners to Consider before using a Pesticide:

  1. Why do I need to apply a pesticide to my lawn, tree, or shrub and what am I hoping to achieve?
  2. Am I using the appropriate chemical for what I am trying to do?
  3. Is there an organic or safer alternative that can be used instead?
  4. Am I using the pesticide at the appropriate time of year?
  5. Is the method I am using the best method to apply pesticide?