The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Friday, April 1, 2022

Program Year

2022

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2022

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Town of Melita

Melita, MB

William Holden

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Melita is a town located in the southwestern corner of the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is surrounded by the Municipality of Two Borders and occupies a bend of the Souris River. Located along PTH 3 and 83. With a population of ~1,000 residents we are a community working together to help create new habitat for Monarchs and to help them in any way we can. Being a part of the Mayoral Monarch Pledge program is very important to us and we look forward to continue to be a part of it for the years to come!

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Community Spotlight

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An Interactive Monarch Release event in Melita

This is a photo of our Interactive Monarch Release Event in Melita Central Park, Summer of 2020. Danial and Natasha Forster from Monarch Homestead hosted the event and brought over 100 tagged Monarchs to be released to start their migration south!

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Monarchs on Main Street Project 2020

This photo is taken on Melita's Main-street looking North towards our local grocery store. Melita planted 10 main-street planters with an "Ice Ballet" variant of Swamp Milkweed. Needless to say it was loved by our local Monarchs and people alike!

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Mayor and Councillor Releasing Monarchs

Our Mayor Bill Holden and Councillor Eric Forster releasing Monarch Butterflies in front of the Town Office in celebration of our first year taking the Mayoral Monarch Pledge.

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First public Monarch Release in Melita 2017

This is a newspaper article of our first Monarch Release event we held in Melita Central Park, we also offered free Milkweed seeds to increase habitat and everyone had a great time!

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Early morning Monarch Caterpillar on wild milkweed

Our residents are always snapping pictures and finding Monarchs on Milkweed whether it is locally planted or growing wild, Monarchs are here in abundance!

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Monarchs in town Office

Two Monarch Chrysalis' were brought to the town office to help show the support for the Mayoral Monarch Pledge, everyone was anticipating their eclosure as Butterflies very soon!

Action Items Committed for 2022

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

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a monarch butterfly festival that is accessible to all residents in the community and promotes monarch and pollinator conservation, as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • 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).
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.