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Posted on: June 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Village Proclaims June as Monarch Month

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On June 7, the Shorewood Village Board proclaimed June is Monarch Month in Shorewood. This proclamation is just one example of Shorewood’s commitment to the protection of the monarch butterfly. The Village is a member of National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Leadership Circle – an official commitment to creating a butterfly friendly community. Community efforts are coordinated by the Shorewood Monarch Project – an intergenerational community initiative led by Shorewood Public Library and Senior Resource Center staff.

Since it began in 2016, the Shorewood Monarch Project’s efforts include:
  • Having the bluff at Atwater Park certified as a colossal monarch waystation and the Village Courtyard Gardens certified as a large monarch waystation
  • Increasing native plantings in public gardens
  • Participating in the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge at the Leadership Circle Level
  • Becoming an active member of the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative
  • Supporting local schools in the study of butterflies and pollinators and in the creation of pollinator friendly gardens on school sites
  • Displaying and distributing student work related to butterfly conservation
  • Hosting an annual milkweed give away at the Shorewood Farmer’s Market
  • Sponsoring programs on monarch migration and butterfly friendly gardens
  • Sponsoring garden photo contests to encourage butterfly gardening
  • Continuing the Shorewood Public Library’s live caterpillar to butterfly display
  • Coordinating an annual count of number of monarchs raised and released in the Shorewood area each summer

The monarch butterfly is currently under consideration for endangered species status by the National Fish and Wildlife Service. The monarch population has decreased over 90% in the past two decades. The dramatic decline has been attributed to severe weather, wildfires, development, and pesticide/herbicide use. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Life, without butterflies, bees and other pollinators, 85% of the world’s flowering plants would disappear. Apples, pumpkins, berries and many other fruits and vegetables would be effected.

Across the country, communities like Shorewood are working to save the monarch population.

For more information, visit the Shorewood Monarch Project web page or Shorewood Monarch Project Facebook page.

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