The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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Village of Waunakee

Waunakee, WI

Chris Zellner

Village President

Pledge Summary

The Village of Waunakee is located in Dane County, Wisconsin. Waunakee is part of the Madison Metropolitan Area and has a population of nearly 15,000 people. There are many acres of natural grasslands and is home to the 13-acre Bolz Conservancy/Prairie and Ripp Park Prairie. In recent years the Village has made many efforts to restore and add native plants and habitat to our prairies. The Village of Waunakee is dedicated to continuing these efforts to help the survival of monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

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

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • 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).
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.