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5 ways to help monarchs from the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium

You can help monarchs! The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium recommends five actions to help the monarch population recover from recent declines. Iowa’s location  within the monarch breeding range makes it possible for Iowa to lead the way in monarch conservation efforts. Here’s how you can help:

•    Take advantage of the Farm Bill programs to establish monarch breeding habitat. The Iowa State Monarch Research team seed mix recommendations can be found here

•    Establish a monarch waystation – with host plants for larvae and plants that are energy sources for adults. 

•    Use habitat management practices to maintain existing habitat in odd areas, roadsides and other right-of-ways.

•    Follow federal pesticide labels and state regulations.

•    Volunteer to participate in habitat demonstration projects or citizen science monitoring.

Share these goals with your organizations! You are welcome to print and distribute the attached flyer, which includes the Five Ways to Help Monarchs as well as interesting monarch facts. If you wish to start establishing monarch habitat now, the following are examples of some of the organizations that provide information on establishing monarch, pollinator or wildlife breeding habitat.


Agricultural Land

Iowa Pheasants Forever

Monarch Joint Venture

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Xerces Society Milkweed Project and Monarch Butterflies


Monarch Joint Venture

Monarch Watch Waystation Program and Milkweed Market

School Programs

Monarch Joint Venture Opportunities and Schoolyard Gardens

University of Minnesota Monarch Lab