Recent News

August 3, 2016

Depleted monarch butterflies and honeybees could get a boost from Iowa farmers over the next few years...

July 26, 2016

photo of milkweed researchersAMES, 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...

July 22, 2016

screen shot of Bob Hartzler interviewMilkweed 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...

July 22, 2016

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...

July 11, 2016

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...

Monarch Research

Read the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium's Strategic Goals.

Monarch SightingsMonarch Butterfly Migration Map

Click on the map right to see the progress of monarchs migrating north from Mexico.

Learning About Iowa Monarchs

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.

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