The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Program Year

2021

Achievement

Signatories

2021

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City of Cuero

Cuero, TX

Sara Post Meyer

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Cuero, Texas, a community of 8256 located in South Central Texas, is proud of its heritage, its history, and its hospitality. the community's citizens are active in its landscaping efforts in parks and other public places. the citizens, once informed of the decline of the monarch population, began planting pollinator plants in private places. Students at elementary and junior high have studied the monarch and its migration through Cuero and prepared posters sharing important facts about butterflies, monarchs in particular. In addition students built small native gardens at their schools to help with migration. Mayor Sara Post Meyer encourages citizens to plant natives and other pollinator plants in their gardens. Mayor Meyer has signed the Monarch Pledge for the last four years.

Community Spotlight

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Flower Beds at City Hall

Monarch garden at City Hall.

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Planting of Monarch Garden at Municipal Library

Planting at Municipal Library

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Library Flower Beds

Library Flower Beds

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Library Pruning and Planting

Sprucing up the Library beds

Action Items Committed for 2021

Communications and Convening

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

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.

Systems Change

  • Reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals that are harmful to monarchs and pollinators and urban wildlife.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an effort to change municipal planting ordinances and practices to include more native milkweed and native nectar producing plants at city properties.