Events Archive

Tallgrass Prairie Center Field Day

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Learn how to plant native prairie in available rural landscapes. You will learn site preparation and planting techniques, the benefits of first year establishment mowing, how to determine the proper seed mix for your site, how to evaluate the success of your native vegetation planting. Read more about Tallgrass Prairie Center Field Day

Update on Species Status Assessment for Monarch Butterfly

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Hear the latest update on the Monarch Butterfly Status Assessment, learn about the Monarch Conservation Efforts Database, and ask questions. 

In 2014, the Service was petitioned to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. As a result of that petition, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is now conducting a thorough assessment to determine if Endangered Species Act protection for this butterfly is warranted.

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Celebration of Collaborative Conservation in America's Heartland

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Effective monarch conservation requires an "all hands on deck" approach. What does that look like? Come find out at the first Celebration of Collaborative Conservation in America's Heartland event, which will feature remarks from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and will celebrate and discuss opportunities for collaborations between farmers, food and agriculture companies, policymakers, the public, and countless other ag stakeholders. Read more about Celebration of Collaborative Conservation in America's Heartland

August Photo Hike

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 6:00am to 8:00am

Grab your camera and come to the June Photo Hike on Saturday, August 19, from 6:00am to 8:00am. This program is free and open to the public. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Read more about August Photo Hike

Monarch Habitat Establishment in Agricultural Landscapes--SWCS Annual Conference

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:00pm

Soil and Water Conservation Society logoCome learn about location options, plant selection and potential challenges to adding monarch butterfly habitat on your farm. Seth Appelgate from the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium will share his knowledge and experience planning and executing planting of 21 monarch habitat patches on agricultural sites across Iowa. Read more about Monarch Habitat Establishment in Agricultural Landscapes--SWCS Annual Conference

Field Day: Western Research Farm

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Field day is open to the public at no charge. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the farm, which is located at 36515 Highway E34, Castana, or four miles east of Castana on Monona County Highway E34.

Richard Hellmich, assistant professor in the Iowa State entomology department and a research entomologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, will present the monarch session.

Other scheduled Iowa State speakers and their topics include: Read more about Field Day: Western Research Farm

Tallgrass Prairie Center Field Day

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

This field event will look at research plots planted in 2015 that compare three commonly used native seed mixes in Iowa and the effects of first year establishment mowing on the planting. Learn how to plant native prairie in available rural landscapes with emphasis on the planting of in-field prairie strips and a saturated buffer. You will learn site preparation and planting techniques, the benefits of first year establishment mowing, how to determine the proper seed mix for your site, how to evaluate the success of your native vegetation planting. Read more about Tallgrass Prairie Center Field Day

Iowa State Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

CCA training in the morning between 8:30 am and noon and will include  a "Progress and Outlook of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy"(2 CEUs) and "Palmer amaranth ID and Management" (1 CEU). The afternoon session is open to the public and will include a presentation from the Seth Appelgate from the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium about how to merge successful farming practices with habitat for monarchs and pollinators. Read more about Iowa State Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day

Tallgrass Prairie Center Field Day

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am

 

Registration is not required, but is preferred for meal planning purposes. For questions or to register please contact Ashley Kittle: ashley.kittle@uni.edu or 319-273-3828.

Learn how to plant native prairie in available rural landscapes. You will learn site preparation and planting techniques, the benefits of first year establishment mowing, how to determine the proper seed mix for your site, how to evaluate the success of your native vegetation planting. Read more about Tallgrass Prairie Center Field Day

Butterfly Field Day at McFarland Park

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Hike McFarland Park and hunt for butterflies with Reiman Gardens staff during an Iowa Butterfly Survey Network practice session. Discover some of Iowa’s beautiful insects, and learn more about getting involved in a statewide citizen science project. All are welcome! Participants will meet at McFarland Park – be prepared to hike up to 1.5 miles during the butterfly survey.

Cancelled if rain. Preregistration is encouraged but not required.

 

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Monarch Field Day - Iowa Learning Farms

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Iowa Learning Farms will hold a free, public field day to share information about monarch butterflies and wetlands. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Wildlife Specialist Adam Janke will lead a discussion on the role of wetlands on the landscape for wildlife and migratory creatures, including waterfowl and monarch butterflies.Seth Appelgate from the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium will share details about current research projects and opportunities to establish monarch habitat. Read more about Monarch Field Day - Iowa Learning Farms

MN - Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Learn about monarch biology and how you can participate in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP). Specifically,  you will find out how to choose and monitor an MLMP site, enter your data online, interpret your findings, and share your experience with others.
You DO NOT need to be a MN Master Naturalist to register and attend this workshop. Read more about MN - Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training

TX-South-Central Monarch Symposium

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 5:00pm

Dr. Steve Bradbury from the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium will present the latest research on pesticides and their effects on developing caterpillars.

Join conservation practitioners sharing research and best practices to develop a comprehensive partner conservation strategy for the South-Central Great Plains region to aid in the recovery of the monarch butterfly.

More information is available on the Texan by Nature website.

Event sponsored by Texas by Nature. Read more about TX-South-Central Monarch Symposium

MN-Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) in Minneapolis is pleased to host its 11th Annual Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Lake Nokomis Community Center. This is a family event so come learn about the monarch life cycle, habitat needs and the role of milkweed. Registration is required.

Cost: free

For more information, visit the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association website.

 

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OH - Monarch Citizen Science Training - Day 2

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Learn more about monarch butterfly biology, ecology and how you can participate in conservation efforts, including the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North, Project Monarch Health and the Monarch Watch tagging program. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is partnering with the Monarch Joint Venture to hold this workshop in conjunction with Cincinnati Nature Center staff. More information is available on the Monarch Lab website.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch on Saturday) Read more about OH - Monarch Citizen Science Training - Day 2

OH - Monarch Citizen Science Training - Day 1

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn more about monarch butterfly biology, ecology and how you can participate in conservation efforts, including the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North, Project Monarch Health and the Monarch Watch tagging program. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is partnering with the Monarch Joint Venture to hold this workshop in conjunction with Cincinnati Nature Center staff. More information is available on the Monarch Lab website.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch on Saturday) Read more about OH - Monarch Citizen Science Training - Day 1

Music & Monarchs Festival

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 11:00am to 7:00pm

Come celebrate the monarch butterfly, conservation awareness, music and community. Learn about the plight of the Monarch and what each of us can do to enhance critical habitat for a more diverse and healthy landscape.

A presentation about monarchs from the Iowa State Monarch Research team will be part of the fun! Check out the event website for a complete schedule:  
http://www.claytoncountycan.com/music-and-monarchs/

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Monarch Conservation Webinar - Tracing the Cultural Significance of Monarchs

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Learn about the historical and contemporary significance of the Monarch Butterfly in North America. Columba Gonzalez-Duarte (University of Toronto, Anthropology PhD Candidate) will share information about a broad range of human cultural practices that use, or used, the monarch for symbolic purposes. 

More information is available here.

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Unified Butterfly Recorder App Tutorial

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Learn how to record butterfly sighting data using the Unified Butterfly Recorder (UBR) app, which allows you to efficiently record butterfly sighting data as it automatically collects weather, location, and time of sighting. The app was created by Reiman Gardens and senior design students from Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. More information is available on the Reiman Gardens website. Read more about Unified Butterfly Recorder App Tutorial

Central Iowa Farm Cruise

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Look for members of the ISU Monarch Research Team at Berry Patch Farm from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, April 29, for the Central Iowa Farm Cruise! Learn about the monarch butterfly migration, planting monarch habitat, and conservation practices that benefit butterflies and bees.

Berry Patch Farm
62785 280th St.
Nevada, IA 50201 Read more about Central Iowa Farm Cruise

Iowa Butterfly Survey Network

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Learn how to take an active role in conservation and come find out how to conduct surveys designed for butterflies. Learn butterfly survey techniques so you can help monitor butterfly populations and provide valuable data to identify potential threats, show effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts, and give an annual snapshot of the health of all butterfly populations in Iowa.Visit the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network page to learn more. Read more about Iowa Butterfly Survey Network

Hope for the Wild Speaker Series--Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Backyard Wildlife with David Mizejewski

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:02pm

Come learn how you can create habitat for birds, butterflies, and other backyard wildlife! David Mizejewski, an author, blogger, and naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation will present information to help wildlife feel welcome in your yard. Mizejewski is a regular guest on Conan, The Wendy Williams Show, Inside Edition, and NBC’s Today Show. Read more about Hope for the Wild Speaker Series--Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Backyard Wildlife with David Mizejewski

Design a Monarch Garden

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Learn simple techniques to design and establish gardens that will be irresistible to monarchs and will provide a cozy habitat for your winged friends. Seed packets of popular monarch flowers will be provided.

Taught by Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance. Space is limited. Read more about Design a Monarch Garden

How to Manage Solitary Orchard Bees for Crop Pollination

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Learn about the blue orchard bee, which is a species of bee that is increasing in popularity for pollinating fruit and nut crops. This presentation will cover the bee's life cycle, housing needs, and how it fits in with other pollinator management strategies.

For more information, visit https://learn.extension.org/events/2938

To register, click here.  Read more about How to Manage Solitary Orchard Bees for Crop Pollination

Monarch Parasitoids

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Tune in to learn about the latest research on monarch parasitoids, which use monarchs as part of their reproductive cycles. This presentation will feature PhD Candidate Carl Stenoien (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab) and Dane Elmquist (former assistant program coordinator at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab and Monarch Larva Monitoring Project). Stenoien will share recent research on parasitoid wasps that prey on monarchs, and Elmquist will provide updates on recent discoveries about tachinid flies, a common monarch parasitoid. Read more about Monarch Parasitoids

Ensuring Pumpkin Pollination

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Pumpkins depend on bees for pollination. This presentation will cover the pumpkin's flower structure, pollinator reward system, and how this affects fruit production. The bee species that pollinate pumpkins will be highlighted and strategies for supporting their life cycle and habitat will be shared.

To learn more or to register, visit https://learn.extension.org/events/2937.

 

 

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2017 Tri State Conference

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

This conference is designed specifically for landowners in the Midwest. Topics will range from traditional woodland management techniques, timber taxes, game and non-game wildlife management (including monarchs) to soils and soil erosion in woodlands. Non-timber forest products such as maple syrup production, raising ginseng and mushrooms are also presented. Read more about 2017 Tri State Conference

MJV Monarch Conservation Webinar: Designing Monarch Interpretive Signage

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Create a sign to

  • Label your monarch habitat.
  • Inspire others to install a butterfly garden.
  • Provide information about the plight of monarchs.

Learn to design and create your own outdoor signs with this presentation by Rich Dolesh (National Recreation and Park Association). Learn about sign types, styles, see examples, and get tips for working with a professional sign company. Read more about MJV Monarch Conservation Webinar: Designing Monarch Interpretive Signage

Webinar: The Magic of Monarchs

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

Learn about basic needs, life cycle, adaptations, and migration patterns of the monarch butterfly during this interactive webinar where you will have a chance to see live caterpillars and adults in excellent detail. You will also learn how you can help conserve this beautiful butterfly species, which migrates across the United States each year to spend the winter in Mexico! 

Register now (deadline is October 11, 2016) Read more about Webinar: The Magic of Monarchs

Moonlight Seed Harvest

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Help restore native prairie by collecting native seeds by joining Polk County Conservation and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation efforts. No experience necessary. Participants should dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes for working in uneven terrain, and bring a headlamp (preferred) or flashlight. This event will be followed by a bonfire, cider and s'mores. Read more about Moonlight Seed Harvest

Designing Habitat to Support Pollinators and Pollination Service: From Algorithms to Implementation

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 4:10pm to 5:00pm

Dr. Neal Williams from the University of California - Davis Department of Entomology & Nematology will be presenting a seminar as a part of the Department of Entomology's fall semester seminar series. This event is co-sponsored by EEB and EEOB.

Event will be held in E164 Lagomarcino Hall. Read more about Designing Habitat to Support Pollinators and Pollination Service: From Algorithms to Implementation

MN - Using Native Perennials for Attracting Pollinators and Improving Water Quality

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Come learn about garden pollinators, why their numbers are decreasing, and the latest University of Minnesota research on pollinators and lawns. An additional presentation will also explain the role native perennials play in water quality. Speakers will include Erin Rupp from Pollinate MN, Andy Schilling from the South Washington Watershed District, and James Wolfin, a University of Minnesota graduate researcher.


No pre-registration is required, and the public is encouraged to attend.


Cost: free


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Ag-citing in Buena Vista County

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

The "Ag-citing" workshop is scheduled for Sept. 28-29 in Buena Vista County. Local fourth graders are invited to the ISU Allee Research and Demonstration farm to participate in an all-day workshop that will cover a variety of topics, including life stages of the monarch butterfly.  Read more about Ag-citing in Buena Vista County

Ag-citing in Buena Vista County

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

The "Ag-citing" workshop is scheduled for Sept. 28-29 in Buena Vista County. Local fourth graders are invited to the ISU Allee Research and Demonstration farm to participate in an all-day workshop that will cover a variety of topics, including life stages of the monarch butterfly.  Read more about Ag-citing in Buena Vista County

Monarch Tagging

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Where: Reiman Gardens

Learn why we tag monarchs, how to track them, and then tag your very own monarch. This event is free with admission to Reiman Gardens, but preregistration is required! Limit one monarch per individual or group. More information is available on the Reiman Gardens calendar.

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Farm Progress Show

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

The 2016 Farm Progress Show allows farmers to network and learn about new products and technologies. This year, attendees can discuss research and conservation activities for monarchs and milkweeds with the ISU monarch research team inside the Iowa State University tent.

Location
Central Iowa Expo
1827 217th Rd.
Boone, IA 50036 Read more about Farm Progress Show

Farm Progress Show

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The 2016 Farm Progress Show allows farmers to network and learn about new products and technologies. This year, attendees can discuss research and conservation activities for monarchs and milkweeds with the ISU monarch research team inside the Iowa State University tent.

Location
Central Iowa Expo
1827 217th Rd.
Boone, IA 50036 Read more about Farm Progress Show

Farm Progress Show

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The 2016 Farm Progress Show allows farmers to network and learn about new products and technologies. This year, attendees can discuss research and conservation activities for monarchs and milkweeds with the ISU monarch research team inside the Iowa State University tent.

Location
Central Iowa Expo
1827 217th Rd.
Boone, IA 50036 Read more about Farm Progress Show

Pollinator Habitat Management Field Day

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Description:

This field day will begin with a visit to a newly seeded plot of pollinator habitat.   Next, we will visit existing plots in their 2nd and 4th year since planting.  Local wildlife biologists will be speaking about establishment and proper maintenance, i.e., mowing, spraying, and the signs that indicate a healthy stand of native forbs and grasses. We will end our field day by returning to The Grainery and eating a meal provided by Nichol’s Smokin’ BBQ while the local NRCS and FSA staff answers any other questions the group has. Read more about Pollinator Habitat Management Field Day

Second Annual Quad Cities Pollinator Conference--Tours

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Come learn about pollinators, and hear from some of the leading experts on monarch conservation, including Dr. Karen Oberhauser from Monarch Joint Venture, Dr. Orley R. Chip Taylor from Monarch Watch, and Dr. Donald R. Lewis, Department of Entomology and Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, Iowa State University. Learn more on the event website

Tours will be held on various sites. Read more about Second Annual Quad Cities Pollinator Conference--Tours

Second Annual Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Come learn about pollinators, and hear from some of the leading experts on monarch conservation, including Dr. Karen Oberhauser from Monarch Joint Venture, Dr. Orley R. Chip Taylor from Monarch Watch, and Dr. Donald R. Lewis, Department of Entomology and Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, Iowa State University. Learn more on the event website

Day 1 will be held at the River Center located in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Read more about Second Annual Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

Iowa Monarch Conservation and Citizen Science Workshop

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Learn how to participate in several monarch butterfly citizen science programs and help researchers learn more about this incredible insect. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, in partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture, will instruct this workshop in conjunction with local Iowa habitat experts. Learn more about monarch biology, ecology and how you can help with conservation efforts.

Cost: $20


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Iowa Monarch Conservation and Citizen Science Workshop

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn how to participate in several monarch butterfly citizen science programs and help researchers learn more about this incredible insect. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, in partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture, will instruct this workshop in conjunction with local Iowa habitat experts. Learn more about monarch biology, ecology and how you can help with conservation efforts.

Cost: $20


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Day of Insects

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:15am to 3:45pm

The Annual Day of Insects is a special opportunity to learn about insects, and it is open to all insect enthusiasts. It will be held at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, April 9.

Dr. Sue Blodgett from Iowa State University will give an update on Iowa Monarch Consortium Activities at 11:00 am. The complete list of presentations may be found on the Reiman Garden's calendar. Read more about Day of Insects