Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald is the Senior Director of Community Wildlife at the National Wildlife Federation, leading NWF’s work to help create wildlife-friendly cities, counties, towns and neighborhoods. Patrick leads the NWF Community Wildlife Habitat program (www.nwf.org/community), the NWF Garden for Wildlife Volunteer Programs and NWF’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge (www.nwf.org/mayorsmonarchpledge.).

Mayors across the United States, Mexico and Canada Take the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge

Lire Ce Blog en Français! Leer Este Blog en Español! In September 2015, the National Wildlife Federation launched the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in in an effort to engage cities, towns, …

150 Students and Volunteers Plant Trees for Wildlife

Migratory birds like the black and white warbler and ruby-throated humming bird are heading north. This spring, as they fly over Broward County, Florida, they may notice more than 10,000 …

First Utah Certified Community Wildlife Habitat

The effort was led by an amazing team of volunteers with the Cache Valley Wildlife Association and our Team Leader, Ron Hellstern. Ron took me on a tour of Nibley pointing …

Mine Proposal Threatens Monarchs

Monarch butterflies have lost significant habitat in the United States. Some studies suggest that an estimated 60 percent of milkweed has been eliminated from the Midwestern grassland ecosystem. The available …

Fort Lauderdale, A Certified Wildlife-Friendly City

The city of Fort Lauderdale is known for its sandy beaches, the promenade along the A1A known as “The Strip”, and its miles of boating canals which have earned the …

100 Mayors Take Action to Save the Monarch Butterfly

This month, monarch butterflies are beginning their migration north from the oyamel fir forests in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Michoacán, Mexico. As they head north they will find new friends …

Declining Monarch Butterfly Finds Hope for Recovery in St. Louis

About this time last year, the National Weather Service spotted a cloud stretching from the St. Louis area east into Illinois. Meteorologists watching the radar noted that its shape was …

Austin, Texas Creates Habitat for the Declining Monarch Butterfly

The City of Austin, Texas sits at a critical migration point for the monarch butterfly. In the spring, Austin is one of the first places in the U.S. that the monarch …

Bees Find Better Habitat in Urban Jungle than Farm Country

What do you think about when hear the word “pollinators?” Images of honey bees or bumble bees come to mind for most. Many of us urban and suburbanites have an idyllic …

Monarchs Over Chesterfield

This morning we took a tour of the NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in Chesterfield, MO – just outside of St. Louis.  The city has been certified for 10 years …

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