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Mayor’s Monarch Initiative Reestablishes Value in Restoring & Creating Habitats

Mar 15, 2017 05:19PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

2016 Flight of the Monarch event
Preserving the Monarch butterfly has been an important initiative all throughout Texas, as well as the US. The Wildlife Federation recently reached out to Mayors across the nation asking them to take a pledge to preserve them. Grand Prairie's Mayor took the pledge in 2015 and has been working hard ever since to preserve and create habitats specifically for Monarch butterflies. 

We've written a few articles highlighting local events that have happened in the area related to this pledge, as well as a few tips and tricks for creating your own sanctuaries. Visit this page to find these articles. 

This initiative has had such an impact on the local area that an event, Flight of the Monarch, has emerged in celebration of the butterfly. Over 6,000 people attended the event in 2016! 

We were curious about this progressive pledge and reached out to Mae Smith, the Administrative Supervisor and Coordinator for the Flight of the Monarch event, as well as the Mayors Monarch pledge. Mae answered a few questions for us about the initiative, as well as a few ways that we all can get involved.

Tell us a little bit about the Mayor’s Monarch Initiative. What does it entail? 

Last year, the Wildlife Federation asked Mayors across the nation to commit to saving the Monarch Butterfly by restoring habitats and educating our citizens to help us in this effort.
Mayor Jensen accepted, pledging to complete eight action items in the city.  We are required to report back or progress throughout the year.

We completed our task last year with a celebration at the Flight of the Monarch. We continue our efforts to educate citizens by creating small butterfly habitats in their own back yard.


Is there anything that we can do to help the initiative?

2016 Flight of the Monarch event
Yes, by helping us plant as many butterfly habitats with milkweed and nectar plants throughout the city.

The library is hosting an event highlighting this initiative! What can someone expect if they attend? 

I will be there sharing information about the Mayors Monarch pledge and invite everyone to join us in this effort. I will bring butterfly seed packets and information on how to get started. It will be a great time!

(Learn more here.)

How people can get involved?

Anyone can help by reaching out and educating the next generation. This can be done by showing the value in restoring and creating habitats so the Monarch's can continue thrive. Creating these habitats in return will increase the butterfly population, which is a good thing.

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Mayor's Monarch Initiative Spring Garden Gathering: Mar 18, 2017 2:00PM

Learn about the Mayor’s Monarch Initiative and which plants the butterflies love at the Spring Garden Gathering Sat., March 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 901 Conover Dr... Read More » 


What do you do to help the Mayor with his pledge? Let us know in the comments! 

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