The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Thursday, March 25, 2021

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City of Solana Beach

Solana Beach, CA

Lesa Heebner


Pledge Summary

Solana Beach is a city in northern San Diego County with a population of roughly 13,000. It is a coastal community and has long been a leader in environmental protection. The city has many opportunities to restore native monarch habitat in one of the several city parks and public spaces. By signing the pledge the city also looks forward to engaging with residents to build more pollinator habitat in private spaces as well.

Community Spotlight


Del Mar Times Story and Photos by Luke Harold

The City's new pollinator garden was featured in the local paper.

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Action Items Committed for 2021

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.
  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.
  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • 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

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.