AMES, Iowa – Research has shown a steep decline in North America’s monarch butterfly population. The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll examined ways farmers might help reverse that decline through habitat restoration. Read more about Farmers surveyed on efforts to stop monarch butterfly decline
Iowa agricultural producers interested in developing more habitat for Monarch butterflies by adding additional soil and water conservation practices to their land have until May 19 to sign up at their local USDA Service Center for planning and funding assistance. Read more about Helping monarchs and pollinators through USDA assistance programs
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America, available at www.iowamonarchs.info. Read more about Iowa partnership unveils strategy to conserve the monarch butterfly
The 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
Members of the Iowa State University monarch research team are using technology to enhance our understanding of the monarch butterfly, its behavior, and how Iowans can help the population recover... Read more about Milkweed, monarchs and models
The forecast turned cold this week, so it was all hands on deck to finish planting more than forty monarch habitat research sites across the state of Iowa! Read more about Planting season for monarch habitat
Each autumn, after the monarch butterflies have departed for their migration south to Mexico, the pods of milkweed plants scattered across Iowa's landscape split open to reveal a bounty of seeds. Read more about Cleaning the floss from milkweed seeds
As the days grow shorter and fall approaches, newly emerged monarch butterflies become restless. Learn more about the monarch "super generation" and its great migration - including a roosting spot in Cerro Gordo County - from the Iowa DNR. Read more about Monarchs embark on nature's most incredible migration
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. Read more about Pollinator plantings attract monarchs, too
Depleted monarch butterflies and honeybees could get a boost from Iowa farmers over the next few years... Read more about Turning Iowa farmland into butterfly, bee habitat
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... Read more about Research supports adding monarch breeding habitat to Iowa's landscape
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... Read more about Agriculture adding weeds for butterflies
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... Read more about Thinking outside our boundaries in Iowa
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 more about First monarch butterfly egg found in 2016 by research team
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 about Farmers willing to assist in monarch conservation efforts
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... Read more about Would your organization like to join the Consortium?
Eastern 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
Although 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
Join 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
Would 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
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