Watertown Renews the Mayors' Monarch Pledge!

7 Jan 2024 12:07 PM | Linda Relson (Administrator)

Thank you to our city manager, George Proakis, for signing on for a second year of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge!  And we cannot forget our many friends at City Hall, including

  • Laurel Schwab, Senior Environmental Planner
  • Katie Swan, Environmental Planner/Conservation Agent
  • Bob DiRico, Parks/Cemetery Supervisor
  • Gideon Schreiber, Assistant Director of Planning
Here are some of our favorite parts of the 2024 Action Item list!
  • 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.)
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • 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.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
View Watertown's Community Profile here

View the report from 2023 here

Watertown Community Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 1041, Watertown, MA 02471


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