The National Wildlife Federation

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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Edgerton, WI

Christopher Lund


Pledge Summary

Edgerton is an established community (population 5,945) with a rich history and strong community spirit. Located in the fast growing I-90 corridor amid the rolling countryside of South-Central Wisconsin Edgerton is home to 14 parks/recreational areas, 1 golf course and tons of gardens (including a community garden) where pollinators are all welcomed. Mayor Christopher Lund of Edgerton, Wisconsin has committed to save the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with his signing of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge on March 9, 2022! Chris looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat throughout the city and will work to provide education opportunities so Edgerton residents can learn more about our monarch friends and how they too can help!

Community Spotlight


New Monarch Station Arrives!

Edgerton Librarian Kirsten Almo & Mayor Christopher Lund pose in front of the NEW Monarch Station!


Chrysalis "Tree" at the Edgerton Public Library

In its inaugural year (2022) 36 monarchs were hand raised & released at the Edgerton Public Library. In 2023, 37 monarch's were hand raised & released at the Edgerton Public Library.


FREE Milkweed Stand!

In June, July & August milkweed seed packets are given way for FREE. Native & locally grown milkweed seedling pots are also given away for FREE in the month of June.


Learn about Monarchs!

The 1st Monarch Program hosted at the Edgerton Public Library was held on July 12, 2022!


It all starts with a child ...

In 2021 Pearl Ainsworth at the age of 4 hand raised 73 monarchs at her home in Pewaukee, WI. Pearl is the granddaughter of John & Lori Ainsworth.


Share your passion by teaching others!

Lori started to hand raise monarch's in 2020 at the age of 60! In 2020 Lori hand raised 11, in 2021 83, in 2022 183 & in 2023 253. Lori's goal is to teach as many people as possible about monarch's and how they too can HELP to save them!

Action Items Committed for 2022

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.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).