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LOGAN ST. Monarch initiative educates on the butter ! y’s plight McKinney has been on a mission to help preserve the declining monarch butter ! y population since Mayor George Fuller signed a monarch pledge nearly three years ago. Martha Cavazos Fipps, city environ- mental education and community out- reach coordinator, updatedMcKinney Community Development Corporation leaders Sept. 24 on the city’s outreach e " orts for monarch butter ! ies and their biannual migration across North America. “They are an indicator species,” Cavazos Fipps said at the meeting. “Whenmonarchs are doing well, it means we have a balanced ecosystem, and when they’re not doing well, it means we don’t.” Fuller signed the pledge in February 2018 as part of an initiative through the National Wildlife Federation to create awareness of the monarchs’ plight, Cavazos Fipps said. The monarch pop- ulation has seen about a 90% decline in the last 20 years, she said. “I wouldn’t say they’re on the verge of being extinct, but that migration is about to collapse because they are in danger,” she said. Factors contributing to the decline include urbanization and increased use of pesticides and herbicides, Cavazos Fipps said. Among the city’s e " orts are a McKinney Monarch Initiative brochure printed in English and Spanish and several educational seminars. A city website and newsletter dedicated to BY ELIZABETH UCLÉS

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MONARCH SCULPTURES Oversized monarch sculptures by local artists are sprinkled throughout McKinney’s cultural district. Here is where you can spot them. FINDINGMCKINNEY’S SOURCE: CITY OF MCKINNEY ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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To learn more about McKinney’s monarch e ! orts, visit www.mckinneytexas.org /1913/mckinney-monarch-initiative.

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Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library at 101 E. Hunt St. COURTESY MEDITATIVE MANDALA

Heard-Craig Center for the Arts at 205 W. Hunt St. COURTESY CAROLYN FUNK

The Cove located at 402 N. Tennessee St. COURTESY ANNE ROYER

Central Park at 105 W. Hunt St. COURTESY MELISSA PATRELLO

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Heritage Village at Chestnut Square at 315 S. Chestnut St. COURTESY LYNN HUBNER

Old Settler’s Recreation Center at 1201 E. Louisiana St. COURTESY

The Chestnut Commons Parking Garage at 202 S. Chestnut St. COURTESY DENISE KENDRICK

McKinney Performing Arts Center at 111 N. Tennessee St. COURTESY KIM GUTHRIE

laboratory coordinator and adjunct lecturer at the University of North Texas’ ecology and environmental science undergraduate laboratories. “It’s an island in a sea of urbaniza- tion,” she said. “If you put enough islands together, then that creates a network that not only butter ! ies but

other wildlife can utilize.” Based on the city’s current e " orts, Cavazos Fipps said she wants to ramp up outreach through the initiative in the future. “My goal is tomake McKinney the # rst champion city in Collin County,” she said.

monarchs both provide additional resources, she said, including a check- list for planting a monarch-friendly garden. Creating areas with native plants that are healthy for monarchs will fos- ter the migration and combat threats to the butter ! y, said Jaime Baxter-Slye,

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