The Town of Cary has proclaimed 2019 as the Year of the Monarch Butterfly. Through community action, education, and outreach, we have taken the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge, a commitment to increase native habitat and promote pollinator conservation in the Town of Cary.
Monarch butterflies visit gardens and backyards in North Carolina on their epic multi-generational migration between Canada and Mexico. However, their numbers have been in a steady decline over the last 20 years due to habitat loss and varying weather patterns.
Through the Mayors' Monarch Pledge, every household and community member can take small, simple steps to support the future survival of this important pollinator species for generations to come.
This proclamation follows years of ongoing efforts by Cary staff and residents to protect natural habitat areas, grow pollinator-friendly native plants, and promote public awareness of how much we depend on pollinators for food security and to build healthy, vibrant communities.
Small actions can have a big impact
There are several actions that collectively have a large impact on monarch butterfly conservation, and almost anyone can make them.
- Always plant native plants when possible.
- Plant milkweed and in large numbers.
- Reduce use of pesticides in backyards and on lawns.
- Educate yourself and help raise awareness.
- Why the monarch butterfly is in trouble and how you can help (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
- How to build a butterfly garden in seven steps (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
- Action steps for children and families (National Wildlife Federation)
- Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Environmental Outreach Program Coordinator
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005