Join the ISU Monarch Workgroup as an intern for 2017! Now hiring lab and field technician roles for monarch and milkweed research. Multiple positions available - apply now!
Laura and Bill Foell recently spotted this monarch butterfly in the pollinator plot on their farm near Schaller, Iowa. Flowering plants that bloom into the fall, such as the goldenrod shown here, provide nectar for butterflies and bees.
Depleted monarch butterflies and honeybees could get a boost from Iowa farmers over the next few years...
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.
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm