City of Branson Mayor Karen Best invites the community to join her along with city officials, staff and a variety of partners to participate in “Monarch Mingle,” a networking event to learn more about bringing Monarch butterflies back to the Ozarks area.
On Thursday, October 20th this event will be held from 4:00-5:00PM at Branson City Hall. Enthusiasts and supporters will join forces to plan for local collaborative efforts. Free wildflower and milkweed seed packets will be available at the Monarch Mingle.
Modern landscaping and farming practices have nearly eliminated the natural habitat required by Monarchs as they migrate over the Ozarks. Under the City of Branson “Mayor’s Milkweed for Monarchs” campaign, Mayor Best has signed the “Mayors Monarch Pledge” declaring the city’s support for Monarch initiatives and its commitment to eight or more action items required of the multi-state effort.
Mayor Karen Best was the 199th mayor throughout the Midwest committed to helping save the Monarch Butterfly whose populations have declined by 90% in the past two decades.
Modern landscaping and farming practices have nearly eliminated Monarch habitat. Sixteen Branson businesses and individuals have already created or are committed to create new Monarch habitat, including Branson Convention Center, Cox Health, Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle, Ballparks of America, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks.
More information about the Mayors for Monarchs initiative is found at http://monarchjointventure.org.
For more information about the City of Branson Sustainability Council’s initiatives to save the Monarch Butterfly or to become a Monarch Butterfly Partner, contact Mona Menezes, City of Branson Engineering at (417) 337-8566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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