The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Monday, January 22, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Dalworthington Gardens

Dalworthington Gardens, TX

Laurie Bianco

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The City of Dalworthington Gardens, Texas is a rural oasis in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The City covers an area of almost 2 square miles and has a population of approximately 2,200. A 43-acre park includes a lake and offers a chance for people to relax and enjoy being in nature. Mayor Bianco of Dalworthington Gardens first took the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge in 2019. Eight action items were pledged to qualify the City as part of the Leadership Circle, a status that we continue to work to maintain to raise awareness in the community and encourage conservation practices to support the monarch butterfly. A garden in Gardens Park was reworked in response to one of the first year’s action items. It now better supports monarch butterflies on their migration and has received designation as a Monarch Waystation.

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Community Spotlight

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Monarch Caterpillar on Green Milkweed

This picture was taken on 4/13/2021 in DWG's Monarch Waystation garden.

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Monarch Chalk Art at Earth Day event

Attendees were encouraged to create chalk art for this year's theme of Restore Our Earth. Restoring monarchs was on the mind of some of the participants. The event was centered around DWG's monarch waystation garden.

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Milkweed Propagation

This is a picture of a member of our community scattering milkweed seeds to encourage growth in the wildscape area of our park (Gardens Park)

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Milkweed Collection

This is a picture of a member of our community collecting milkweed seeds to be later scattered in the wildscape area of our park (Gardens Park).

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Monarch Lifecycle Project

This is a picture of a display used to provide education material related to the Monarch lifecycle. The table also includes a model example of a Monarch lifecycle art project used by citizens for an art project.

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.)
  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.