The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Village of Waunakee

Waunakee, WI

Kristin Runge

Village President

Pledge Summary

The Village of Waunakee is located in south-central Wisconsin. It is a growing and thriving community with a population of roughly 16,000 people. It is home to nearly 400 acres of parkland, two conservancies, and many public green spaces. The Village of Waunakee is committed to restoring and conserving monarch and pollinator habitats throughout our community.

Community Spotlight

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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Launch or maintain an outdoor education program(s) (e.g., at schools, after-school programs, community centers and groups) that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.