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NRCS, USFWS partner to accelerate conservation on ag lands for monarchs

January 28, 2017

photo of monarch butterflyThe monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)... Read more about NRCS, USFWS partner to accelerate conservation on ag lands for monarchs

Research supports adding monarch breeding habitat to Iowa's landscape

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... Read more about Research supports adding monarch breeding habitat to Iowa's landscape

Agriculture adding weeds for butterflies

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... Read more about Agriculture adding weeds for butterflies

Iowa State University researcher helps to forecast the chances of monarch butterfly survival

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 about Iowa State University researcher helps to forecast the chances of monarch butterfly survival

New monarch numbers are encouraging, but conservation efforts must continue in Iowa

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 about New monarch numbers are encouraging, but conservation efforts must continue in Iowa

Apply Now: Monarch summer research internships

February 19, 2016

summer research internJoin the ISU Monarch Workgroup as a 2016 summer research intern! Now hiring lab and field technician roles for monarch and milkweed research. Must be excited about outdoor research in the summer heat!

We are especially seeking applicants with coursework in entomology, biology, natural resources, plant pathology, agronomy or related fields... Read more about Apply Now: Monarch summer research internships

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Milkweeds for the Home Landscape

February 18, 2016

Staff photoWould you like to attract bees and butterflies to your landscape? Richard Jauron, horticulturalist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, explains that common milkweed and other species may be too vigorous and weedy for beds and borders. See his suggestions for other milkweed varieties... Read more about Milkweeds for the Home Landscape

The Creation of Monarch Habitat

February 11, 2016

Are you suffering from cabin fever after the brisk weather these past few weeks? Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist, isn't letting the cold temperatures dampen her spirits. She recently blogged about her efforts to seed common milkweed in order to establish monarch butterfly habitat... Read more about The Creation of Monarch Habitat

Collaborations mark Monarch Conservation Consortium’s beginning

October 13, 2015

Graduate student Teresa Blader surveys milkweed plants for monarch eggs and larvae.AMES, Iowa — Collaborations marked efforts to increase the number of monarch butterflies as the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium got underway this year.

The consortium was created in March by farmer, rancher and conservation organizations, state agencies, companies and Iowa State University to enhance... Read more Read more about Collaborations mark Monarch Conservation Consortium’s beginning

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Researching Monarchs Summer Adventure with Teresa Blader

October 7, 2015

photo of planting milkweedResearching monarchs this summer was an adventure. It started off with great success examining monarch egg laying preference on different milkweed plant density; my team and I found eggs in my experiment plots as the monarch returned to the north from their overwinter site. From there on out it was a battle between... Read more about Researching Monarchs Summer Adventure with Teresa Blader

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