Mayor Edd Akers signed the Mayors Monarch Pledge Proclamation in June 2019.
The pledge states, “On behalf of the people of Branson who have already joined me in creating healthy habitat for these magnificent butterflies, I am honored to lead the way by signing the National Wildlife Federations’ Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.
All pollinators benefit from these efforts, and it is relatively easy to switch landscaping practices toward plants that benefit bees, insects and wildlife. There are now over 65 businesses and residences that have incorporated native Missouri wildflowers into their existing landscaping, and 460 Mayors who have taken the Mayors for Monarchs pledge.
“Bass Pro Shops is proud to join the City of Branson in restoring habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators,” said Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops Director of Conservation. “Inspired by the visionary conservation leadership of our founder and CEO Johnny Morris, we are committed to protecting wildlife and habitat alongside great local and national partner organizations like the City of Branson.”
The new landscaping now includes two types of native Missouri milkweed, essential for Monarch reproduction. Each Monarch waystation garden must include a minimum of five Missouri milkweed plants, plus five nectar plants needed to provide energy for the migration.
The City of Branson has been a leader in this national effort, signing on as an official “Mayors for Monarchs” city in October 2016. There are now over 450 Monarch cities, stretching from southern Texas to Canada. These cities, including Branson, pledged action items which will help provide habitat for the dwindling populations of the iconic Monarch butterfly. Branson has fulfilled all ten of it's action items.
BRANSON, MO (Ozarks First) – Cities across the Midwest are taking the pledge to try and save the monarch butterfly, and Branson officially joined the list.
The “Mayor’s Milkweed Monarch” program is aimed at assisting the butterfly’s declining population which has dropped by nearly 90% over the last two decades.
"I don't want to tell the next generation, 'monarchs were beautiful but you'll never miss them because you've never seen one,'” says environmental specialist for the city of Branson, Mona Menezes. Full Story Online
Thank you for participating. In order to receive a sign, please register your garden below on the Monarch Garden Map and then click on this Monarch Waystation sign for more information about obtaining one for your garden.