Concord is a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat Community.
In 2015, the City of Concord, in partnership with the Concord Wildlife Alliance, became the fastest city to be named a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. That title is maintained through continued efforts to educate the community and encourage the development of backyard habitats.
Mayors Monarch Pledge
In November 2015, Mayor Scott Padgett signed the National Wildlife Federation Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. Signatories are required to complete 3 action items in service of monarch butterflies and other pollinators. One year later, the City of Concord, in partnership with the Concord Wildlife Alliance had:
- Issued a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’s need for habitat. Watch Mayor Padgett read the proclamation.
- Launched a public communication effort to encourage citizens to plant monarch gardens at their homes on in their neighborhoods.
- Communicated with community garden groups and urged them to plant native milkweeds and nectar producing plants.
- Met with gardening leaders in the community to discuss partnerships to support monarch butterfly conservation.
- Hosted and supported a native plant sale or milkweed seed giveaway event.
- Launched a program to plant native milkweeds and nectar plants in school gardens by engaging teachers, students, teachers and the community.
- Earned recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city.
- Created a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage neighborhoods and homeowners’ associations within the city to create habitat for the monarch butterfly.
- Supported citizen science efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
- Added milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
- Hosted the first annual Flutter-by Earth Day event which focuses on the monarch butterfly.
Concord Wildlife Alliance
Natural history report for Cabarrus County (link to .pdf)
Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont
Links: NWF, NC Wildlife Federation