Mayor Tisdahl stands with members of the Natural Habitat Evanston initiative. From left: Leslie Shad, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Michael Kormanik, Sue Carlson and Wendy Pollock.     Photo from City of Evanston

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At the March 14 Evanston City Council meeting, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl signed a proclamation declaring March 14 to be “Monarch Butterfly Day” in the City of Evanston.

In signing the proclamation, Mayor Tisdahl announced her participation in the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. In the pledge, cities commit to creating habitats and educating citizens about how they can make a difference at home for the monarch butterfly population. 

The North American monarch population has declined by more than 90% in the past two decades. Monarch scientists attribute the decline to degradation and loss of summer breeding habitat in the U.S.

The Monarch Butterfly Day proclamation states, “Evanston has a critical role to play to help save the monarch butterfly by providing habitat at public parks, community gardens and municipal buildings that serve as community hubs, such as the Civic Center, Levy Center, Ecology Center, Ladd Arboretum, and the Evanston Public Library.” 

Under the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, communities must identify at least three specific actions they will take in the next year to help monarch butterflies. Evanston will identify the steps it will take and create an action plan to achieve its goals later in this year.

On May 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., community members are encouraged to attend Natural Habitat Evanston’s May Day Celebration at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.