The first monarch eggs of the season were found at Iowa State University monarch research plots on May 24, 2016. Read more...
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll shows that farmers are ready to plant habitat to help the declining monarch butterfly population. Read more...
Eastern monarch butterflies in North America may face quasi-extinction in the next 20 years unless something is done to expand their population capacity, according to an Iowa State University researcher. The eastern migratory monarch population declined 84 percent between 1996 and 2014. Read more...
Read the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium's Strategic Goals.
Click on the map right to see the progress of monarchs migrating north from Mexico.
We want our recommendations for monarch habitat improvement to be scientifically sound. Research projects in summer 2016 include:
- efforts to evaluate nine species of milkweed on plots at Iowa State University research farms
- a project to discover optimal monarch breeding, forage and roosting habitat characteristics in Iowa's patchy landscape and
- a survey of milkweed species and monarch occurrence, plant density, and population to establish baseline data.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am