Earlier this week there was an exciting “visitor” in the LUM prairie grass — a Luna Moth. Monique Parent, LUM custodian, spotted the camouflaged, green Luna Moth and captured this picture.
In 2013, Lafayette Urban Ministry partnered with NICHES Land Trust to generate seeds from native prairie grass. The NICHES volunteers planted 450 plugs of American break grass all along the street side of the LUM office building (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette) replacing turf; the plants are now mature.
Throughout the summer the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program help maintain the beds and learn more about how this project helps support and stabilize the local ecosystem.
NICHES Land Trust is a perfect partner for LUM because their involvement in conservation so closely mirrors LUM’s own mission of bringing healing and restoration to families as well as the local community.
NICHES stands for Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed in 1995 that protects, restores and sustains Northern Indiana’s ecosystems by providing habitat for native species and offering natural places for the education, appreciation and enjoyment of current and future generations.