This month, monarch butterflies are beginning their migration north from the oyamel fir forests in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Michoacán, Mexico.
As they head north they will find new friends and new habitat in cities across the U.S. where 100 mayors have now taken the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.
As the eastern population of monarchs make their journey north from Mexico and as the western monarchs head inland from the southern coast of California, they will enjoy new habitat planted across the United States.
There has been an unprecedented effort to plant milkweed and nectar producing plants across the monarch’s range over the last year by many organizations including those represented by the Monarch Joint Venture partnership.
Among those creating new habitat are the mayors that have taken the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. Mayors across the nation are taking action, from San Luis Obispo, CA to North Miami, FL to major cities up and down the Central Monarch Flyway including Austin, TX, Fayetteville, AR, Oklahoma City, OK, Kansas City, MO, Des Moines, IA, St. Paul, MN and Minneapolis, MN.