Recent News

May 27, 2016

First monarch egg of 2016The first monarch eggs of the season were found at Iowa State University monarch research plots on May 24, 2016. Read more... 


May 17, 2016

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...

May 11, 2016

Would your organization like to join the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium? We are delighted to have a diverse group working together on monarch conservation and we invite you to learn more about our Strategic Goals and How to Join

March 31, 2016

monarch butterflyEastern 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...

March 1, 2016

monarch butterfliesAlthough the number of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico has rebounded, leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, say that sustained efforts of Iowa crop and livestock farmers, landowners and others are critical to monarch conservation. Read more...

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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