Overview of UBI
The Urban Butterfly Initiative is a community service organization that serves as the coordination and design nexus for public and private partners who seek to increase biodiversity, beauty, and scientific awareness in their communities. We help create beautiful spaces that are low cost, low maintenance, and attract butterflies to city parks, green ways, and other public areas.
Although native plants are emphasized, our general design theme is not “wild-looking,” but instead we establish attractive, ecologically-sound landscapes that inspire visitors and integrate educational opportunities. We modify existing urban green spaces to make them more ecologically functional, while also generating the benefits of urban beautification, tourism, education, and science.
UBI uses butterflies as ambassadors to nature, providing an approachable, fascinating, and beautiful link between people and the environment.
The 3 Facets of UBI
Biodiversity & Conservation
By providing habitat to support populations of butterflies and other animals, UBI projects will help make our communities part of the solution for stemming the loss of biodiversity.
Engagement & Education
Butterflies are beautiful, charismatic, and harmless creatures, making them a great “gateway animal” to encourage people of all ages to care about, and be interested in, the natural world. And because their caterpillars feed on plants, butterflies offer a great model to demonstrate the importance of diverse food webs to a healthy, functioning ecosystem.
Science & Research
The butterfly “hotspots” UBI creates will provide opportunities for scientific studies on butterfly populations as well as studies investigating the role nature plays in the well-being of people and their communities.