Jessie Lowry, Director of Conservation, will speak about the Blank Park Zoo's pollinator project, Plant.Grow.Fly. Started in 2014, the project encourages each and every one of us to conserve our native pollinators like butterflies and bees. This project has over 60 local, regional, and national partners and over 1000 registered butterfly gardens. She will share with us how easy it can be to turn your yard into a butterfly oasis!
About the Presenter:
Jessie Lowry is a wildlife conservationist. She has studied primates in the rainforests of Costa Rica and Uganda and cared for many species of zoo animals, from sea lions to snakes. Through her role as Director of Conservation at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, she has raised funds and awareness for over 50 wildlife organizations, developed creative events and fundraisers and mentored others on how to channel their passion. She is the founder and leader of the pollinator conservation initiative: Plant.Grow.Fly., a coalition of over 50 organizations working together to increase habitat for pollinators. Jessie serves as a Steering Committee member for Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation (ZACC) and is an Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Fellow.