Cities, towns and counties have a critical role to play to help save the monarch butterfly. Municipalities in particular can provide habitat at public parks, median strips, community gardens and municipal buildings that serve as community hubs such as recreation centers and libraries. Schools, homes and businesses can all provide essential habitat for monarchs too. Simple changes in landscaping ordinances or school policies can make a big difference for the monarch. Educating citizens about how and where to grow milkweed is also a key piece of the puzzle. Creating habitat and educating citizens will benefit other pollinators that need healthy habitat as well.
In 2017, San Marcos' mayor John Thomaides signed the Mayoral Monarch Pledge supporting the enhancement of monarch habitat across the city set forth by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). To earn the title of Monarch Champion City 24 tasks must be completed. The City of San Marcos has completed half of the tasks. For more information go to the Mayor's Monarch Pledge or stop by the Discovery Center.