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Pollinator Research Facilities in Colorado

According to colorado.gov, Colorado is home to a large and diverse community of native pollinators that consists of 946 species of native bees, 250 species of butterflies and over 1000 species of moths.


In response to the many challenges facing pollinators such as honey bees, native bees and butterflies in recent years, Colorado's Butterfly Pavilion, a zoological association dedicated to the protection of local pollinators, announced that it is creating "Pollinator Districts." Pollinator Districts are communities designed to conserve and improve habitat for pollinators in all aspects of development and operation. They are meant to engage the people that live, work and play in these spaces, encouraging them to observe nature and build an appreciation for these species and their habitats.

According to a news release from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the first community set to become a Pollinator District will be Baseline, a new mixed-use community at the junction of I-25, 470 and Baseline Road in Broomfield, Colo. Baseline will be designed to also include a dining district, a center for businesses, a science campus and new residential living areas.

In the Pollinator District, enhancements will be integrated into engineered green spaces such as rain gardens, bio-swales, green roofs, public common areas and residential development. Elements of each Pollinator District will include:

• Research
• Habitat restoration
• Habitat gardening
• Beekeeping
• Public education and engagement
• Sustainability

Flower-rich pollinator landscapes support greater biodiversity, benefitting not only pollinators, but other beneficial insects, birds and small mammals.

Establishing the Pollinator District is a key step on Butterfly Pavilion's journey to creating the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC). Butterfly Pavilion announced its plans for a new research facility located in Broomfield, Colorado. CIRC will be an 81,000-square-foot lab with an accredited zoological facility to serve as hub for invertebrate knowledge, conservation and connection.

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