The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Friday, March 15, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Cuero

Cuero, TX

Sara Post Meyer

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Cuero, Texas is a community of approximately 8000; located in South Central Texas, and proud of its heritage, its history, and it hospitality. Once the community was informed of the decline of the Monarch population, citizens began planting pollinator plants in private places. Students at schools studied the monarch through Cuero and prepared posters sharing facts about butterflies, monarch's in particular. Students also built a native gardens at schools to help migration. As Mayor of Cuero, I encourage citizens to plant natives and pollinator plants in their gardens. I, as Mayor, have signed the Monarch Pledge for the past several years.

Community Spotlight

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Flower Beds at City Hall

Monarch garden at City Hall.

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Planting of Monarch Garden at Municipal Library

Planting at Municipal Library

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Library Flower Beds

Library Flower Beds

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Library Pruning and Planting

Sprucing up the Library beds

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.
  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.