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Thursday, March 28, 2024

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Municipality of Leamington

Leamington, ON

Hilda MacDonald


Pledge Summary

The Municipality of Leamington is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Leamington is home to Point Pelee National Park, an essential annual stopover for migrating monarchs. Beginning in 2015, the Municipality of Leamington partnered with Point Pelee National Park to install monarch habitat in plant beds along 2 km of a popular existing trail. Officially named “The Leamington Monarch Trail,” it is a milkweed and nectar habitat installation which includes trilingual interpretive signage (English, French and Spanish) to communicate the importance of monarch habitat to the conservation of the species. Thanks to the enthusiasm of over 250 volunteers, this project swiftly saw success, with monarch caterpillars observed on the habitat within three months of the initial planting. Leamington is dedicated to the preservation of monarchs and pollinators, evidenced by our adoption of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, and we're excited to continue expanding these efforts for years to come.

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Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • 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

  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.