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Thursday, December 1, 2022

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Village of Great Neck Plaza

Great Neck Plaza, NY

Ted Rosen


Pledge Summary

Mayor’s Monarch Pledge The Village of Great Neck Plaza has joined other communities in taking the pledge to help stem the decline of the monarch butterfly. While most butterfly species can feed on a variety of host plants, monarch caterpillars can only survive on a diet of milkweed. That’s why monarch butterflies are often referred to as milkweed butterflies! Our Village took an active part to try to restore the population of this beautiful species of butterfly. This July, we participated by buying a Garden for Wildlife Native Plant Collection from the Garden by Wildlife by National Wildlife Federation. We first identified the different areas in our Village that we could plant these collections. Some plants were more suitable for areas of full sun and others were better planted in areas of partial shade. Then we ordered over 200 plants, which included sets of Whorled Milkweed, Monarch Munchables and pollinator Power plants. With the help of our Department of Public Works, who planted these plants, we watched as they grew and grew. The plants are all annuals so we will look forward to seeing them return next year and hopefully many other years afterward. We will review the success of the gardens next year and plan to order additional plants and offer them for free to the homeowners, condo, and co-op buildings in our village. We look forward to seeing the beautiful monarch butterflies and even hummingbirds flying through our village.

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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

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.