Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer this month signed on to a campaign designed to help bolster the flagging monarch butterfly population.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge asks mayors across the country to encourage residents to plant milkweed, the monarch caterpillars’ only food source. Wassmer added her name to the organization’s pledge list, and told the city council she had asked the public works department to find landscaping plots at city parks for new milkweed plantings. Additionally, she encouraged area residents to consider planting milkweed at their homes.
The monarch population has been in sharp decline over the past 20 years. It’s estimated that in the mid-1990s more than a billion monarchs made the annual migration from the U.S. and Canada down to their winter home in Mexico. In 2014, biologists estimated that just 60 million monarchs made the journey.
You can find out more about the monarch, milkweed and the NWF pledge here.