Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge, U.S. cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.
As a city, McKinney has pledged to complete nine of 25 action Items within two overarching categories:
Communications & Convening
Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
Launch a public communication effort to encourage citizens to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods
Communicate with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
Convene a meeting with gardening leaders in the community to discuss partnerships to support monarch butterfly conservation
Program & Demonstration Gardens
Host or support a native plant sale or milkweed seed giveaway event.
Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
Plant a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent location.
Launch a program to plant native milkweeds and nectar plants in school gardens by engaging students, teachers and the community.
Create a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage neighborhoods and homeowners’ associations within the city to create habitat for the monarch butterfly.