Events Archive

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 1:00pm


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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 1:00pm

TITLE: Conservation of Monarchs in Mexico
- The Monarch Fund: 20 years of conservation in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
- An approach to the conservation of the monarch butterfly in Mexico by WWF

Date: Tuesday 10/27 2:00 PM Eastern Time (1:00 PM central time)

Eligio García Serrano - Coordinator, Fondo Monarca
Eduardo Rendón Salinas- Subdirector of Terrestrial Ecosystems, WWF México

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

Errington Lecture: Coloring the Conservation Conversation

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Lawns to Legumes is a new program in Minnesota, the first of its kind in the US and supported by state legislation, that offers a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding for installing pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns. The program also includes a public education campaign to raise awareness for pollinator habitat projects and will establish demonstration neighborhoods that showcase best practices.

Learn more about how the program came to be from those responsible for its creation and implementation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 16 at noon about monarch butterfly conservation efforts in Iowa.    

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

Ray Moranz and Stephanie McNight from The Xerces Society join us this month to present on best management practices for monarchs and pollinators on rangelands.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

Laura Lukens - Monarch Joint Venture
Kyle Kasten - Monarch Joint Venture
John Pleasants - Iowa State University, Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium

Join us for research updates from monarch programs and scientists. This month we focus on habitat with presentations from Laura Lukens and Kyle Kasten from the Monarch Joint Venture, and Dr. John Pleasants from Iowa State University on their research and work on monarch habitat in the US.

Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 11:00am to Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

This year’s conference theme, “Expanding Horizons: Where Conservation Meets Innovation,” evokes images of the expansive views of the region and the deep and varied soil horizons that make Iowa’s farmland some of the most productive in the world. This year’s theme also speaks to the broadening of individual perceptions and experiences as attendees discover new concepts, partners, and advancements in soil and water research.

More information is available on the SWCS website

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Greg Mitchell from Environment Canada joins us this month to talk about the listing decision for monarchs in Canada, how they fund stewardship projects, and the conservation research he is currently involved in.

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Monday, June 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Note: this is a series of six 1-hour sessions in June; this calendar event is for the first session only. Webinars can be viewed at your convenience, but it may be helpful to participate live to ask questions. You will also benefit by visiting natural spaces nearby to practice plant id.

Event Description

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 1:00pm

Join us for research updates from monarch programs and scientists. This month we hear from Dr Sonia Altizer with Project Monarch Health, Dr. Ania Majewska at Emory University, and Ayse Tenger-Trolander with Dr. Marcus Kronski from the Univiersity of Chicago. Dr. Karen Oberhauser will moderate questions for each of our presenters as we learn about their recent research in monarch biology, ecology, and conservation.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

Monarch Conservation Webinar - Research Reports from the Field

Register here for the April 2020 Monarch Conservation Webinar. You will receive additional details about participating in the webinar on the confirmation page after registering. This series is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center. We look forward to your participation!

Title: Research Reports from the Field: Western Monarchs

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Register for the free Native Vegetation and Solar Energy webinar hosted by Center for Rural Affairs,

When: Thursday, April 23, Noon to 1:00pm

Where: Your own home or office, or wherever you have an internet connection

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 5:00pm
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

Effective 3/16/2020, all Iowa State University events, activities and meetings are canceled. This will remain in effect until 4/4/2020. Be safe, be healthy!


Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Trees Forever and partners are Creating a Buzz through our pollinator trainings that provide a comprehensive look at the importance of pollinators, the decline of pollinators, what pollinators need, and how you can attract pollinators to your farm.  Attendees will be provided with a digital toolkit they can use to educate others about the topics discussed.  Learn about the importance of trees and shrubs to early season forage habitat as well as nesting opportunities for a range of pollinator species.  

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 4:00am

Got cabin fever? You can observe the annual northbound monarch butterfly migration ONLINE with Journey North! 

Browse among multiple species maps here:

View the latest monarch map updates here:

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

"Reconnecting Landscapes for Nature and People" hosted by the Iowa State University Committee on Lectures, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and C-CHANGE

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:30pm

The City of Ames - City Government is hosting an EcoChat about water! We'll be at a booth with live monarchs to answer your questions about how planting monarch habitat can also benefit water quality.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: WATER

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:07pm


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:23pm

Like the Monarch Butterfly, more than one-third of America’s fish and wildlife species are now at risk of extinction. In the United States alone, more than 1,600 species are already listed under the Endangered Species Act, another 150 are presumed extinct, and state wildlife agencies have identified more than 12,000 Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Winter Workday at Breen Prairie

Curb your cabin fever with a morning outdoors! Volunteers will remove invasive brush from Breen Prairie. We'll end the day with warm beverages.

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush so native species can thrive.  No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.