NWF Names San Antonio First Monarch Butterfly Champion City

Mayor Ivy Taylor signed the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Mayor’s Monarch Pledge this week, making San Antonio the first city in the country to become a Monarch Champion in the national campaign to encourage mayors and local governments to increase Monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat. The Mayor will issued a proclamation announcing the initiative Wednesday evening at City Council Chambers.

The special designation means San Antonio agrees to adopt all 24 specific actions suggested by NWF to support the declining Monarch butterfly migration. Actions range from citizen science projects and installing a pollinator garden at City Hall or another highly visible public space, to hosting a butterfly festival and changing landscape ordinances and city mowing schedules.

NWF officials were “stunned” by San Antonio’s commitment, said Grace Barnett, NWF Monarch outreach coordinator who works out of Austin for the Washington, D.C. conservation group… Read more from the Rivard Report