Home Run for Monarchs in Wake County!

Thanks to a multi-year letter-writing campaign by local children, grades 1-5, led by South Wake Conservationists’ Katie Thompson, every town and city in Wake County has now signed the NWF Mayor’s Monarch Pledge!

Mayors Monarch Pledge photo

This is a significant commitment to conservation actions on an ongoing basis by each municipality, and it will have a major impact on wildlife and habitat across the entire county. By signing this pledge, each municipality commits to monarch and pollinator conservation by agreeing to execute at least three action items from NWF’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge program every year, such as:

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods.
  • Create a community-driven educational conservation strategy that focuses on and benefits local, underserved residents.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • . . . and over thirty other action choices.
Wake County Municipalities
All 12 municipalities in Wake County have signed the pledge
Kids' letters to mayors

Kids rule! It is a great example of how the next generation can be a powerful force for positive change. Thanks to their intensive letter-writing campaign, Wake County will be a better place for wildlife and habitat for many generations to come. Please join me in congratulating them by commenting on this post.

One thought on “Home Run for Monarchs in Wake County!

  1. Congratulations kids on your success. This acknowledges that you are practicing what you believe by working with pollinator gardens, learning about relationships between plants and animals, and spreading the word. Habitats need to be supported and protected with your help. Letting your voice be heard is one way to accomplish this. You are important!


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