Fall migration…Early September is the peak migration period for monarch butterflies passing through Oak Park from Canada on their way to Mexico for the winter. Visit www.sustainoakpark.com/community-events for events to celebrate and support monarch butterflies. Fall bird migration is also approaching, and you can help keep birds safe by turning off lights by 11 p.m. Many birds fly during the night, and city lights can be disorienting, often causing collisions with buildings.
Support biodiversity…There are several ways you can help support local biodiversity, including providing and protecting habitat for native species. Pledge to maintain a pesticide-free lawn and garden by filling out the online form at www.oak-park.us/PesticideFreePledge. Residents are also invited to complete the community biodiversity survey to share details about projects at home such as butterfly gardens, rain gardens and native landscaping. The survey is available online at www.oak-park.us/biodiversity.
For more information…Visit www.sustainoakpark.com to learn about the Village’s Climate Ready Oak Park plan, opportunities for home energy and cost savings and the various rebates available, and upcoming sustainability events in the community.