The National Wildlife Federation

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Monday, December 18, 2023

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Edgerton, WI

Christopher Lund


Pledge Summary

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. Since 2021, Mayor Christopher Lund of Edgerton, Wisconsin has committed to save the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by signing of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. Chris looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat throughout the city.

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 2024

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

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Host or support a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage neighborhoods and homeowners' associations within the community to increase awareness, support community unity around a common mission, and/or create habitat for the monarch butterfly.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.