Pecan Creek Pollinative Prairie logo is featured with several flowers, a bee, and a monarch butterfly

Pollinative Prairie

 

The Pecan Creek Pollinative Prairie is a native North Central Texas tallgrass prairie reconstruction project located on four acres of the east field at the University of North Texas Discovery Park Campus. In May 2016, UNT Ecology staff and students initiated the project to provide a space for students, faculty, and staff on the UNT Campus to promote conservation and sustainable urban landscaping of native habitats for declining pollinator populations, such as the American Bumblebee and Monarch Butterfly. During 2016 – 2018, over 300 undergraduate students volunteered approximately 900 hours to turn a field dominated by invasive Bermuda grass with little life into a vibrant prairie with native flowers, grasses, and pollinating insects. We even have a breeding pair of American Kestrel falcons that call the prairie home! Now, we are working to build the rest of the prairie and create a space to walk, rest, and discover peace with nature.

We still need your help!  If interested, please join the volunteer mailing list. For questions, contact Dr. Jaime Baxter-Slye at slye@unt.edu

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Pollinative Prairie Slide Show (PDF Version)

To learn more about the amazing work going on at the Pollinative Prairie, check out the following:

group of smiling students standing in a field of tall grass and plants a man in gray wearing sunglasses comically throws seeds like he is imitating the salt bae meme students working in a field of tall grass

This project was proposed in 2016, with the combined support of the undergraduate chapter of the National Ecological Society of America as well as UNT Ecology. It was originally implemented during the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year. Additional funding for this project was approved for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year.

Funded amount: $156,998

 

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