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Attracting Wildlife

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.  

Tiger Swallowtail

Pollinator Hotel

Eagle Scout Project - Mason Bee Hotel

Arboretum Honey

Kestral Nest Box

Bluebird Houses

Snapping Turtle

Tree Frog

Bird Feeders

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. 

Baltimore Oriole male

Baltimore Oriole Female


Red Belly Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker

Male and Female Cardinals

Ruby throated Hummingbird

Ruby throated Hummingbird



Rose breasted Grosbeak

White-throated Sparrow