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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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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.

Community Spotlight

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

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.