The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Coconut Creek

Coconut Creek, FL

Sandy Welch

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Coconut Creek, the “Butterfly Capital of the World”, is a well-planned city with a unique environmental consciousness nestled between Miami and Palm Beach. Home to Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world, and as the first community in the State of FL to be certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat, the city has shared the vision of "Living Green" for decades. We are participating in this nationwide effort to advance monarch butterfly conservation by urging homeowners to plant butterfly gardens, install more native plants, and create wildlife habitats. And, to reward our residents for doing their part and for exercising their 'green thumbs', we give away a small, free, solar fountain to all Coconut Creek residents who certify their property as a wildlife habitat. We believe together, we can make a positive impact on our community and help the environment.

Community Spotlight

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Award winning backyard habitat in Coconut Creek

Resident Mona Johnston, of the Tamarind Village neighborhood, has been selected for the 2024 Broward Legacy Emerald Award. Over a period of 25 years she transformed her yard from a "developer's basic landscaping package" to a hidden hammock oasis.

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.
  • 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.
  • Engage with Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Community Associations or neighborhood organizations to identify opportunities to plant monarch gardens and revise maintenance and mowing programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • 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).

Systems Change

  • Launch, expand, or continue one or more ordinances to reduce light pollution to benefit urban wildlife.