The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Monday, December 13, 2021

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City of Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

Kate Gallego


Pledge Summary

Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country, is located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, and is on the western monarch population's migration route. 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 native biodiversity. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego recommits via the Mayor's Monarch Pledge to raise awareness and galvanize efforts to expand crucial habitat and food sources for monarch butterflies. The city looks forward to working with residents and stakeholders to increase prevalence of native plants throughout the city to support pollinators.

Community Spotlight


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 2022

Communications and Convening

  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Engage with developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.
  • 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

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.

Systems Change

  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.