Programs & Classes : Mayors' Monarch Pledge

Mayors' Monarch Pledge 

What is the Pledge?

Through the National Wildlife Federation Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, U.S. cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate citizens, about how they can make a difference at home and in their community..

What is the Issue? 

The most well recognized butterfly, the monarch, is facing rapidly decreasing populations, habitat loss, and near extinction.

Herbicides and pesticides used to target other unwanted pests and plants are killing off monarchs and their host plants (milkweeds). Use of herbicides has resulted in a severe reduction in monarch habitat available in the spring and summer months when monarchs would be feeding and breeding in our area. Land clearing also contributes to loss of habitat, and climate change may be a contributing factor as well. Residential properties make up the majority of the urban landscape in Williamson County, meaning community members can play a vital role in helping with the recovery of this iconic species.

What can you do to help?

Plant native milkweed in your garden, yard, or neighborhood. Since monarch caterpillars rely solely on milkweed, it is critical for their survival.  Without this plant they cannot complete their lifecycle and their populations will continue to decline.

We strongly suggest planting milkweed native to our region, which includes:

  • Asclepias viridis (Green Milkweed)

  • Asclepias speciosa (Showy Milkweed)

Note: Do not plant tropical milkweed, as it is not native to the U.S. and can create problems with monarch migration.

What is Brushy Creek M.U.D is doing?

  • Encouraging  the community to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods.

  • Working to revise mowing programs on district property to encourage the development of monarch and pollinator habitat.

  • Providing monarch friendly demonstration gardens information at District Events. 

  • Working to adopt less harmful pesticide practices.

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Contact Information

Christine Stehno 
Programs Supervisor

(512) 255-7871 x238

Community Center
16318 Great Oaks Drive
Round Rock, TX 78681