The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Monday, December 4, 2023

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Village of Hawthorn Woods

Hawthorn Woods, IL

Dominick DiMaggio


Pledge Summary

The Village of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, located just 35 miles north of the City of Chicago with approximately 9,062 residents, is an upscale, friendly “rural by design” community. As a certified Bee City USA and Tree City USA affiliate, an Audubon International Sustainable Community, and an International Dark Sky Community, the Village is fiercely committed to protecting our natural resources, boasting twenty-four park sites and four pollinator habitats – Brierwoods Preserve, Meadowlark Park and Arboretum, Indian Creek Preserve, and the Hawthorn Heritage Outdoor Museum Trail. Mayor Dominick DiMaggio of the Village of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, has committed to saving the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators with the signing of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and looks forward to expanding pollinator environments throughout the community.

Community Spotlight


Leo and Naomi Burnett Memorial Garden

The Leo and Naomi Burnett Memorial Garden, as part of the Hawthorn Heritage Outdoor Museum Trail at Community Park, was implemented in July of 2023. The garden is a 1/4-acre native pollinator habitat.

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, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.