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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 29, 2018) – The City of San Antonio was recently recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Monarch Champion City for its efforts to conserve the monarch butterfly through its commitment to the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval accepted the award on behalf of Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
“Native habitat loss and increased use of pesticides have jeopardized the monarch butterfly population and drawn attention to the fragility of our natural ecosystems,” said Councilwoman Sandoval. “San Antonio is committed to supporting our eye-catching pollinators and residents across the City have transformed their yards into welcoming gardens for the migrating monarchs.”
In 2015, the City of San Antonio was the first city in the country to commit to the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge by working with partners to enhance habitat for pollinating insects and to educate and encourage the greater community to support the initiative. Since that time, many acres of native plants and wildflowers have been planted in urban pollinator gardens, within City parks and along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. Spurred by the pledge, ongoing educational programs and events throughout the year help raise awareness about the benefits of native plants, wildlife and biodiversity.
“The Office of Sustainability, Center City Development & Operations, Parks & Recreation and others work with the Alamo Area Monarch Collaborative to preserve and protect those special natural assets that keep San Antonio green and healthy,” said Douglas Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer. “We appreciate the commitment City leadership has made to furthering this goal.”
The City is currently developing its first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan to prepare for a more resilient future. Branded as SA Climate Ready, a major focal point of the plan’s proposed mitigation measures is recognizing the important role that natural resources play in contributing to quality of life and economic vitality.
The monarch butterfly is the state insect of Texas and migrates through the San Antonio region twice annually. This species and other beneficial insects need native habitat to rest, refuel and lay eggs for the next generation. As pollinators, they make it possible for plants to produce food needed to feed people and wildlife.