Xcel Energy redevelops butterfly and bee habitat in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) – As a part of National Pollinator Week, children form the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center summer program helped Xcel Energy plant plants to attract bees. 

It’s part of Xcel Energy’s pollinator initiative – they’re trying to rid land around their property of invasive species.

They are planting lupin, blazing star, aster and other native plants that they hope will take seed and expand to attract pollinating species – like bees, butterflies, birds and even bats. 

In Eau Claire Tuesday, Xcel planted a small plot near their main office on Hamilton Avenue.

Organizers said it’s a great learning experience for kids, so they can recognize the importance of pollinating plants. 

"They get to get their hands dirty and they get to learn something about the importance of pollinators, and wild plants, and why it’s good to have both nature and your home in the same place so they can coexist," said Xcel Energy Sighting & Land Rights Manager, Pam Rasmussen.

Xcel Energy currently has more than 1,300 acres of pollinator habitats in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
 

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