Keep Scottsdale Beautiful and the City of Scottsdale are taking action to prevent the rapid decline of the monarch butterfly, one of North America’s most recognizable species, by participating in the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.
“One of the requirements from the National Wildlife Foundation was to bring awareness to local officials,” said Brad Newton, chair of the Keep Scottsdale Beautiful board. “Cities play a critical role in saving the Monarch population, by assisting engaged citizens, as well as providing public spaces that can be used as habitats.”
For monarchs, the decline is inextricably linked to a decline in milkweed, the invertebrate’s only caterpillar host plant. Without milkweed, monarchs can’t complete their life cycle and populations plummet.
The Mayors’ Monarch Pledge is a tri-national initiative with the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, where Mayors and other local and tribal government chief executives are taking steps to help save the monarch butterfly.
“Twenty years ago, more than a billion Monarchs made the migration to Mexico,” Newton said. “Today the population has declined by 90 percent. Scientists attribute this to a loss of habitat, and the city has made it clear they are committed to working with us in creating hospitable environments to help ensure a safe migration.”
To date 400 mayors – including those in Brooklyn, New York; Houston, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri, Oakland, California; and most recently, Scottsdale, Arizona – have made the pledge to take specific actions for monarchs.
If you’d like to help save the monarch butterfly by creating your own pollinator garden, visit the National Wildlife Federation for some helpful tips.
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