The National Wildlife Federation

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

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Abuzz For Wildlife in Eatontown

Borough of Eatontown, NJ

Anthony Talerico


Pledge Summary

The Borough of Eatontown has a population of roughly 13,500, and is located in central New Jersey near the coast. Eatontown has over 100 acres of parkland with two pollinator gardens as well as a very large community garden. Mayor Talerico has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with by signing the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge again this year. He looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat throughout the Borough.

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Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • 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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals that are harmful to monarchs and pollinators and urban wildlife.
  • Launch, expand, or continue one or more ordinances to reduce light pollution to benefit urban wildlife.