The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Friday, April 30, 2021

Program Year

2021

Achievement

Signatories

2021

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City of Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

Kate Gallego

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country and is located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Phoenicians are committed to the vision of becoming the most sustainable desert city on the planet, and have a strong ethos of habitat conservation, wise water use, and support of native plant species. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego signed the Mayor's Monarch Pledge to raise awareness and galvanize efforts to expand crucial habitat and food sources for monarch butterflies, and the city looks forward to working with residents and stakeholders to increase prevalence of native plants throughout the city to support pollinators.

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Council Chambers Monarch Demonstration Garden

In 2021, to celebrate the first year of the City of Phoenix joining the Mayor's Monarch Pledge, volunteers planted a 300 sq ft monarch demonstration garden using native milkweed and native nectar plants near City of Phoenix Council Chambers.

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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 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 developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.
  • 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.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.