Broomfield looks to aid monarch butterflies
In hopes of focusing community attention on habitat restoration efforts for at-risk butterfly species, Mayor Guyleen Castriotta will take the “Mayors' Monarch Pledge” during the Broomfield City Council meeting on Monday.
Broomfield is looking to join the ranks of over 1,000 municipalities that have committed to help sustain monarch butterflies.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, since 2015 the pledge has been joined by a host of state, local and tribal governments.
Environmental groups have estimated that monarch populations have dwindled by upwards of 90% over the past two decades.
Since launching the campaign, the National Wildlife Federation estimates roughly eight million individuals have been engaged to help restore or enhance thousands acres of habitat.
Castriotta’s pending pledge echoes the ongoing partnership forged with the Butterfly Pavilion and its continued educational and habitat enhancement campaigns.
The overall goal is sponsoring pollinator habitats in parks or open spaces throughout Broomfield.
Monarch butterflies are an iconic species in North America whose migratory patterns and metamorphosis from caterpillars have captured countless imaginations.
Castriotta’s pledge notes that regional governments play a crucial role to aid the monarch butterfly, while also highlighting the opportunity for Broomfield residents to become invested in the cause.
“I do further urge all Broomfield residents to support these efforts to restore and enhance habitat for monarchs and other wildlife in our community,” the council packet reads.