The Creek Monster Habitat honors the spirit and life and all creatures of Waller Creek. Equal parts installation, soundscape, visual spectacle, and community engagement, our habitat brings together theatrical, outdoor, and environmental education elements. It is a space to meet the shy, bashful spirit Monster, the guardian of the creek. It is also a space to contemplate all of the life (animal, human, and plant) that has touched the creek and the life that will follow.
The Creek Monster is Waller Creek’s spirit guardian who protects the diverse habitat of plants and animals that call Waller Creek home. A habitat is the natural home of an animal, plant, or other organism- you have a habitat too! How do you protect it? The Creek Monster does this by cleaning up trash and removing invasive species from its home. Invasive species are plants that don’t belong in the creek and harm the plants and animals.
The Creek Monster has some favorite plants too! These plants are native to Texas and keep our ecosystem healthy. Growing these plants encourages pollinators to make homes, which is great for our ecosystem. Worldwide, over half the food we consume and more than 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators like honeybees and bats to survive.
UT Landscape Services Orchard and Pollinator Gardens
In an effort to bring more pollinators to the UT orchard, UT Landscape Services created pollinator gardens around UT campus. The gardens feature a mix of native and adapted plant species and is maintained with zero toxins. UT’s Landscape Services team strives to employ sustainable management practices. These include management of the UT orchard and pollinator gardens, invasive species management, and integrated pest management- all of which support habitat preservation for pollinators.
Beevo Beekeeping Society
The Beevo Beekeeping Society is a student-founded and student-run organization at UT geared towards educating and engaging the UT community about beekeeping.
Honeybees are the primary pollinators of most of our food crops. Without them, we wouldn’t have food! By cultivating and maintaining interest in the art of urban beekeeping, we can challenge stigmas against honeybees and spread awareness of their importance.