Party for the Planet
Sponsored by American Transmission Co.
May 16 & 17, 2015, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free Zoo admission for Zoological Society members with ID.
Milwaukee County parking fee: $12.
For details, call the Zoo at 414-256-5466.
Melinda Myers talks with attendees from last year’s Party for the Planet about ATC’s program.
Just as springtime heralds the return of migratory birds, it's also the time of year when the Milwaukee County Zoo celebrates our planet. Come to this "green" event at the Zoo to commemorate Migratory Bird Day and Earth Day and learn about the amazing feat of bird migration.
In the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, play The Pollinator Game at the American Transmission Co. (ATC) booth and get your free milkweed seeds you can plant to help the monarch butterflies. Then, head to the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm to help Melinda Myers (nationally renowned horticulturist, author and radio/TV host) create a permanent butterfly garden full of low-growing native species that will attract pollinators for years to come. While you're at ATC's Grow Smart site, register to win "Melinda's Gardening Basket."
You can watch zookeepers band birds (Saturday only) and get banded yourself. Then, follow a simulated migration path through the Zoo. You'll face the same risks as migrating birds, and you can learn how to help save birds' lives by crafting bird decals for windows to help prevent collisions. Tree saplings will be handed out at Macaque Island and you can learn about the importance of tree diversity and the dangers of the emerald ash borer. There will also be self-guided tours of trees in the Zoo's urban forest and a Nature Zoomobile Tour that highlights conservation efforts on Zoo grounds.