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Posted on: January 8, 2023

Monarch Documentary

DuPage Monarch Project images with VOB

The DuPage Monarch Project is hosting its winter program, a viewing of Plants, Pollinators & Prayers.  This film is a recent documentary about a local community's efforts to bring monarch butterflies back to Northern Illinois.  Plants, Pollinators & Prayers will have a local screening at 7 PM on February 15 at the Bloomingdale Public Library.

 Inspired to action by the loss of Midwestern prairie habitat and the decline of the monarch butterfly population, this documentary follows the multi-year efforts of a gardener, educator, and pastor as they transform a rural church’s backyard into a monarch waystation--a sanctuary for pollinating wildlife, an educational garden for the community, and a space for spiritual contemplation. The monarch waystation featured is located in Sycamore, Illinois.  

 Diana Swanson, the gardener who leads the planting of the waystation, was inspired to act because, “The monarch butterfly is just one of the most amazing natural phenomena.  It’s one of the earth’s great miracles that this small insect can migrate 3,000 miles or more.”

 Plants, Prayers & Pollinators is directed and produced by filmmaker and NIU professor Randy Caspersen and was shot over the past five years and crewed with students from NIU's Department of Communication.

 Admission to the February 15 screening of the documentary at the Bloomingdale Public Library is free. The screening begins at 7:00 PM and runs 40 minutes.  Afterward, there will be a Q & A with the filmmaker, the gardener and the environmental educator from the documentary.

 The Village of Bloomingdale became a proud member of the DuPage Monarch Project in 2022, in addition to committing to the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge in both 2021 and 2022.

 Please register at to ensure seating.  

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