Recent News

October 25, 2017

photo of monarch caterpillar on milkweed plantThe eastern population of monarch butterflies has declined significantly during the past 20 years. New research from Iowa State University examines the success of monarch caterpillars on nine native species of milkweed. Across the Midwest...

August 22, 2017

photo of field day attendees and graduate student Tori PociusParticipants at the recent monarch conservation field day enjoyed a beautiful morning, lively conversation, and hands-on activities! Wendy Wintersteen welcomed nearly 40 attendees and highlighted monarch conservation efforts happening statewide...

August 4, 2017

When people think of STEM research, butterflies aren’t typically what come to mind.

Three women are working to change that perception.

Upcoming Events

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.