Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
305-893.6511 Ext. 12160


North Miami, FL – 4/27/2016

On March 15, 2016, North Miami Mayor, Dr. Smith Joseph took the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, committing to specific actions  to help save the declining monarch butterfly and other pollinators.  Join Mayor Smith Joseph on Arbor Day for the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Garden. The ceremony will include tree planting demonstrations and remarks by Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Community Wildlife from the National Wildlife Federation and Dennis J. Olle, Director of Conservation Programs from the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.   

While monarchs are found across the United States — numbering one billion in 1996 — their numbers have declined by approximately 90 percent in recent years, a result of numerous threats, particularly loss of habitat due to agricultural practices, development, and cropland conversion. Degradation of wintering habitat in Mexico and California has also had a negative impact on the species.   

Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, cities and municipalities commit to creating habitats and educating citizens on ways they can make a difference in their very own home. “I’m excited to join over 100 Mayors throughout the Unites States in making a difference for the monarch butterfly and the many people who enjoy connecting with nature,” said Mayor Smith Joseph. “I encourage people to come out into the community to be a part of keeping North Miami beautiful, green and clean for generations to come.”   

“Mayors and other local government officials play a pivotal role in advancing monarch butterfly conservation in urban and suburban areas,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “By working together we can ensure that every American child has a chance to experience majestic monarchs in their backyards and communities.”  

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