AMES, Iowa — Nearly half of Iowa farmers say in a recent Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll that they are willing to plant monarch breeding habitat but are unsure how much land or money they would invest in the effort. Good monarch breeding habitat includes...
Milkweed is crucial to the survival of the monarch butterfly, but since the Midwest was settled and turned to agriculture, a lot of the habitat has gone. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, organized by Iowa State University, involves agricultural organizations looking for ways to work with farmers to convert land to monarch habitat without disrupting production...
Monarchs have been in the news a lot lately. Overwintering populations are on the rise, but they have a long way to go before they return to the healthy numbers from decades past. You can help make a difference...
A coalition of researchers from Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other conservation groups are offering farmers support to help restore the monarch butterfly population...
The first monarch eggs of the season were found at Iowa State University monarch butterfly research plots on May 24, 2016...
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.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 -9:00am to 12:30pm
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