The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Village of Deerfield

Deerfield, IL

Daniel Shapiro

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The Village of Deerfield is a community located in northeastern Illinois with a population of roughly 19,000. Mayor Shapiro has committed to saving the monarch butterfly population and other pollinators by signing the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. Mayor Shapiro is supportive of growing the native gardens and is engaging with residents to continue building community native gardens.

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Interactive Native Planting Locations Map

Deerfield created an interactive map using GIS to show the native planting locations throughout the Village. Currently, four acres of turf have been converted to native gardens with an additional five acres planned for 2023.

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Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat. This proclamation must incorporate a focus on monarch conservation.
  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.