The Iowa Arboretum & Gardens has taken several steps to attract desirable wildlife including pollinators such as bees and butterflies and birds. Eagle Scout projects have focused on habitat enhancement to include nesting boxes and homes for mason bees. Honey bee hives are located in the northwest corner of the main campus.
Eagle Scout Project - Mason Bee Hotel
Kestral Nest Box
The Arboretum has also installed numerous birdfeeders beside the north patio of the Hughes Education Building. Visitors can view the bird activity from a picnic table on the patio or through the large windows on the north side of the building. A special thank you to the Lantz family for their support of the birdfeeder program.
Bird photos were taken by Steve Fisher of Ames.