• Iowa Sets Monarch Habitat Goals
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Recent News

March 12, 2018

Monarch on milkweedThe Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038.

March 2, 2018

The loss of a little butterfly could have big implications for Iowa farmers. The eastern monarch butterfly population has decreased 80 percent during the past two decades. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will decide in 2019 if the iconic orange and black insect should be considered a threatened or endangered species.

February 26, 2018

Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has two conservation program opportunities earmarked for landowners to implement monarch habitat practices: the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The next funding cutoff deadline for CSP is March 2 and for EQIP is March 16.

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Monarch Conservation

Iowa’s role is vital to the monarch butterfly’s recovery! The Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy is now available to guide efforts. Read a summary of the strategy, and here are five actions you can take.

Read the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium's Strategic Goals.

Monarch Sightings

Monarch Butterfly Migration Map

Click on the map on the 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 2017 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.