Mayor's Monarch Pledge hopes to bring back declining pollinating insects
Mayor George Fuller signed a proclamation on Tuesday, February 20 to participate in the National Wildlife Federation Mayors' Monarch Pledge. This proclamation links McKinney to hundreds of cities around the US in support of growing the populations of declining pollinators such as the monarch butterfly.
The John Abston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Martha Fipps, McKinney Environmental Educator and Community Outreach Coordinator, as well as City Councilwoman Tracy Rath, and Mayor Fuller worked together to achieve this environmental statement. This was truly a coordinated effort, and very important to the preservation of and further creation of habitats for the monarch butterfly. Another large component of this initiative is the educations of our community about small changes they can make in their yards and neighborhoods.
John Abston Regent Missy McPherson said at the event, "What a beautiful gift you have given to generations of residents of McKinney," in thanking Mayor Fuller for the signed proclamation.
What can you do to help?
Start by planting monarch friendly plants in your backyard such as milkweed, nectar producing plants, and join local efforts to support the important role of pollinators to our environment.
Further city plans include monarch-friendly demonstration gardens, and a monarch neighborhood challenges to engage homeowner associations to create habitats. For more information, please visit mckinneytexas.org/monarch.