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Friday, April 30, 2021

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Village of Waunakee

Waunakee, WI

Chris Zellner

Village President

Pledge Summary

The Village of Waunakee, located only a few miles north of Wisconsin’s capital city, is home to a population of just over 14,000. Village President Chris Zellner and the Village Board renew their pledge to monarch conservation through the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. Waunakee maintains several restored prairies sites within the Village and neighbors several county and state parks, including a 550-acre prairie, each containing abundant milkweed and other nectar sources that support monarch populations. By signing the pledge, Waunakee aims to educate, engage and inspire its residents and visitors to take action to enhance monarch populations.

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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.
  • 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

  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.