Mayor's Monarch Pledge - Birds Bees Butterflies Bemdiji

Mayor Rita Albrecht signed the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in the fall of 2016. The Pledge, which is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, commits the City to completing specific actions in order to help increase the Monarch butterfly population, which has been declining in the past two decades.

A group of Community Members working together formed the Birds, Bees, Butterflies Initiative to fulfill the  pledge - and began working together on a campaign for supporting native plants, pollinators, and birds!  Here's a link to the  many projects Birds, Bees, Butterflies Bemidji is working on!

For more information on the Mayor's Monarch Pledge click here!

Here are the Declared Actions for the  City of Bemidji!

  1. Plant a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent location.
  2. Launch a program to plant native milkweeds and nectar plants in school gardens by engaging students, teachers and the community.
  3. Launch a public communication effort to encourage citizens to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods.
  4. Create a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage neighborhoods and homeowners’ associations within the city to create habitat for the monarch butterfly.
  5. Host or support a native plant sale or milkweed seed giveaway event.