CARRBORO, NC -- Mayor Lydia Lavelle has signed the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge nwf.org/mayorsmonarchpledge a step aimed at protecting the iconic butterfly, a species whose eastern populations have declined by 90% and western populations by 99% in recent years.
Through the Mayors' Monarch Pledge, U.S. cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate community members about how they can make a difference.
Actions to increase pollinator habitat throughout Carrboro include:
- Issuing a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
- Advancing a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods.
- Hosting a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
- Hosting a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage neighborhoods and homeowners’ associations within the community to increase awareness and/or create habitat for the monarch butterfly.
- Continuing an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
- Displaying educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat beyond monarch demonstration gardens.
Find more information on the National Wildlife Foundations’ Monarch Butterfly webpage at nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Invertebrates/Monarch-Butterfly