The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Thursday, March 9, 2023

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City of Solana Beach

Solana Beach, CA

Lesa Heebner


Pledge Summary

In 2020, the population of Solana Beach was approximately 13,000 residents. The City's boundaries enclose an area of 3.5 mi2 with 1.7 miles set along the coastline. Temperatures average 62 degrees in winter and 77 degrees in the summertime. Mayor Lesa Heebner and the City Council has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by signing this Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and looks forward to engaging residents to build more pollinator habitat throughout the city.

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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 2023

Communications and Convening

  • 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.
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Launch or maintain an outdoor education program(s) (e.g., at schools, after-school programs, community centers and groups) that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.