The National Wildlife Federation

Mayors' Monarch Pledge Reporting

Action Item ReportingRequired Section 1 of 2

Answers to the following questions are required.

In total, how many individuals have been reached through the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in your community this year (Jan-Dec)? Please limit your answer to only the number of individuals reached in the answer field below (e.g., 50).
Of these individuals reached, how many are youth (ages 0-18) and how many are adults? Please limit your answer to only number of adults and youths engaged in the answer field (e.g., 500 youth and 600 adults).
In total, how many acres of monarch habitat have been created in your city in the last 12 months? Please limit your answer to only the number of acres in the answer field below (e.g., 3).
Where is your habitat being created? This may include residences (yards, containers, balconies, etc.), schools, places of worship, rights-of-way, roadsides, community gardens, culturally-significant locations, shared public spaces and common areas or parks.
How are you leveraging the Mayors' Monarch Pledge program to engage marginalized communities, such as low-income communities or communities of color?
What was your community’s motivation for taking and continuing to work on the Mayors' Monarch Pledge?
What resources have been most helpful to you thus far and what new resources would you like to see to help meet your goals? What resources would be useful to help expand equitable engagement in community processes and access to high-quality, usable nature?
What else should we know about your monarch butterfly conservation efforts over the last year?

Your Action Item Selections (21)Required Section 2 of 2

Action 1:

Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
Action 2:

Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
Action 3:

Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
Action 4:

Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
Action 5:

Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.
Action 8:

Create a community-driven educational conservation strategy that focuses on and benefits local, underserved residents.
Action 12:

Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
Action 13:

Convert vacant lots to monarch habitat.
Action 14:

Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
Action 15:

Launch or maintain an outdoor education program(s) (e.g., at schools, after-school programs, community centers and groups) that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).
Action 16:

Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
Action 18:

Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
Action 19:

Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
Action 21:

Host or support a monarch butterfly festival that is accessible to all residents in the community and promotes monarch and pollinator conservation, as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
Action 22:

Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
Action 23:

Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).
Action 24:

Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.
Action 25:

Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
Action 26:

Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where possible.
Action 28:

Change ordinances so herbicides, insecticides, or other chemicals used in the community are not harmful to pollinators.
Action 29:

Adopt ordinances that support reducing light pollution.