The Mayors' Monarch Pledge is an effort to engage mayors (or the principal leader of any city, town, county or HOA) in monarch butterfly conservation. Mayors that take the pledge will receive recognition on the National Wildlife Federation’s website. If your mayor is not already on the list of signatories, please take action to get them involved!
If your mayor has not already taken the pledge, then you should do some online research about your city to see if they are currently implementing efforts related to monarchs, pollinators, natural resources, wildlife, sustainability or beautification. The best place to start is your city’s website or social media page(s) like Facebook and Twitter. You can also research what local non-profits are doing in this space – they could be excellent allies in your outreach. Examples include local garden clubs, Keep America Beautiful Affiliates, Wild One Chapters, NABA Butterfly Clubs and other local entities of the Million Pollinator Garden Network or the Monarch Joint Venture.
Download and adapt this template letter to send to your mayor and encourage them to sign the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.
Depending on the size of your community, you may know or have easy access to your mayor. In larger cities, you may wish to first connect with municipal leadership such as the city manager, sustainability director or director of parks and recreation. Many of these contacts can be tracked down through the city website or directory.
Send an email to your mayor or these leadership staff and ask them to sign the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. You can also request a meeting to discuss the pledge.
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