By Member Tammi Howell
On May 18th, the Blank Park Zoo joined forces with Polk County Conservation “Spring Into Action.” Volunteers came out to help rid Fort Des Moines park of invasive species of plants. They were able to weed out a big section of invasive honeysuckle as well as garlic mustard.
While helping the native trees and grasses receive more nutrients, they were also nourishing the animals at the zoo. All the honeysuckle and garlic mustard went to the zoo to use as treats and enrichment for their wildlife ambassadors. It was amazing seeing the difference a few volunteers and a few hours could make and I was happy to be a part of documenting their conservation efforts!