OCTOBER 3: Wonderful press conference with Mayor Pete Saenz, Jr. this morning at City Hall to launch the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. Laredo now joins nearly 190 U.S. cities that are part of the National Wildlife Federation's campaign to help restore the population numbers of the Monarch Butterfly.
Our goal is to put Laredo on the map as a “Champion City” since we sit along the main migration route of the Monarch Butterfly. This means that Laredo would pledge to fulfill 24 action items over the course of a year to help create suitable pollinator habitat and to educate citizens about where and how to grow milkweed, a critical food source for the monarch.
"Taking this pledge is important to bringing about awareness for the plight of the Monarch butterfly," stated Mayor Saenz. "Laredo and Texas are important areas in the path of the Monarch migration on their way to Mexico, and I believe that we can play a role in helping to bring back the population of this majestic butterfly."
RGISC, Lake Casa Blanca State Park, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, Keep Laredo Beautiful, Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center, and City Environmental Services have already begun the process of restoring habitat in Laredo by constructing a Monarch Way Station at Lake Casa Blanca, and a butterfly garden on the northwest corner of City Hall.
JUNE 29: Great job today on the Monarch Butterfly Way Station that is being built at Lake Casa Blanca International State Park!! This has been a wonderful partnership with RGISC, Lake Casa Blanca (Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.), and the Webb County Sheriff's Office. The City of Laredo has also signed onto a national campaign called Mayor's Monarch Butterfly Pledge, which means that there will be great events coming up throughout this year and next year. We hope to engage as many of you in the community as possible in these upcoming events to help restore the population of this marvelous species that is quickly becoming endangered. Thank you today to all the volunteers -- LBJ HS ROTC, Webb County Explorers, and others -- who volunteered their time today to help plant and build this much-needed community environmental project.
JUNE 11: The first milkweed leaves are sprouting -- food for the Monarch butterfly caterpillars.
MAY 31: Future site of the butterfly garden
MAY 12: Monarch Butterfly way station at Lake Casa Blanca International State Park Phase 1 - Planning, Organizing, and Developing Project partners include: RGISC, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Webb County Sheriff's Office
Rio Grande International Study Center 1 West End Washington St. Bldg P-11, Laredo, Texas