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December 02, 2019
JOHNSTON, IOWA – As Iowa farmers are wrapping up the annual harvest, plant employees at Western Iowa Energy biodiesel plant have already started planting for next year. Plant employees recently conducted a dormant seeding of Western Iowa Energy’s Monarch Fueling Station. The seeding included...
November 08, 2019
Congrats to a team alum, Cody Acevedo, on his recent George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service award! Acevedo, a senior in animal ecology, participated in the IINSPIRE LSAMP program funded by NSF in 2018 and collaborated with the ISU monarch butterfly research...
November 01, 2019
Kara Weber is a research assistant for the Iowa State University monarch butterfly research team. She is a senior in biology and she has worked with the ISU monarch team in the field and in the lab since 2018. What did you enjoy the most about growing up in Iowa? I loved being...
October 23, 2019
Conservation practices for water quality and pollinator habitat can be complementary - using some of the same land and resources can multiply ecological benefits for water and wildlife. This publication discusses the ways saturated riparian buffers can be used for planting pollinator habitat. It...
September 20, 2019
Karen Oberhauser, Ph.D and director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, will present the annual Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture in Ames at 7:00pm on Oct. 3. On the topic, "Monarch Conservation: Saving an Iconic Insect," Oberhauser will discuss the ways in which human...
September 12, 2019
Niman Ranch Farmer Network to Resurface Monarch Highway with $200,000 Commitment to Help Stem 80% Loss of Iconic Pollinator Des Moines, IA – Niman Ranch, a leader in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices, celebrated its 21st Annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner in Des Moines by...
September 11, 2019
Nick Oppedal (left) is a research assistant for the Iowa State University monarch butterfly research team. Nick was recognized as a Student of Distinction at the 2019 ISU Student Employee of the Year awards. He recently completed an internship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and...
August 27, 2019
A long-term study offers new insights on how monarch butterflies are doing as they journey through the state, based on research by Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The research provides evidence that reduced butterfly populations on the breeding grounds here...
August 26, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a bioreactor and monarch habitat field day on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rob Stout’s farm near Washington. The event is held in partnership with Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, USDA Natural...
August 20, 2019
Jenna Nixt is a undergraduate research assistant with the Iowa State University monarch butterfly research team. Originally from Ankeny, Iowa, her interests include ecology, natural resources, and insects. She has worked with the monarch team in the field and in the lab since 2018. What...
August 07, 2019
AMES, Iowa – HabiTally, a new mobile app designed to improve data collection about pollinator habitats, was launched today. The app was developed as a collaboration between Bayer and The Climate Corporation, with support from Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and...
August 05, 2019
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, will host a conservation practice showcase field day on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the ISU Uthe Farm near Madrid. The event is free, open to families and includes...
July 29, 2019
Sarah Feehan is the summer communications specialist for the Iowa State University monarch butterfly research team and the Iowa Water Center. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Political Science from ISU. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, her interests...
July 24, 2019
Niranjana Krishnan is a PhD candidate in Toxicology at Iowa State with a B.S. in microbiology and M.S. in biomedical genetics. Her current research examines pesticide risks for monarch butterflies and she recently attended ComSciCon 2019 in San Diego to connect with fellow science...
July 09, 2019
  Brooklyn Snyder is an undergraduate research intern with the ISU Monarch Research Team. Snyder, a native of Ankeny, Iowa, recently spent a semester studying in Hawaii. She is an active member of ISU Yoga Club where she currently holds the position of president. She is also a Global...
June 21, 2019
by Brooklyn Synder Don Nelson of Rockford, Iowa, originally planted brome in most of his CRP before he learned more about the benefits of diverse habitat in 2013. Looking to get rid of brome and convert some of his CRP to native wildflowers, his site now consists of a diverse array of blooming...
June 11, 2019
Pheasants Forever is partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the ISU Extension and Outreach Buchanan County office in northeast Iowa, to offer field days and other educational events during National Pollinator Week.
May 29, 2019
IPPA collaborating on monarch habitat Iowa’s pig farmers are collaborating with Iowa State University on a research project to discover ways to provide more habitat for monarch butterflies. The project is focused on the use and success of establishing habitat near pig barns. For some, the...
May 04, 2019
AMES, Iowa – Monarch butterflies are fluttering this way, and, with some luck, they’ll be more plentiful than in previous years when they reach Iowa later this spring. During the winter months, scientists observed the largest overwintering monarch population in Mexico since 2007, said Steven...
April 22, 2019
Butterfly Heroes How farmers, zoos and you can protect pollinators By Darcy Dougherty Maulsby While monarch populations have declined dramatically in the past 20 years, Iowans are working together, from the farm to the city, to add habitat that helps these magnificent creatures survive and...
April 04, 2019
Departments of Entomology and Natural Resource Ecology and Management host CALS young alums By Dana Schweitzer Daniel J. Robison, endowed dean's chair in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joined Sue Blodgett on Saturday, March 30, to welcome members of the CALS...
March 21, 2019
The eastern and western populations of monarch butterflies have begun their spring migration. The leading edge of the eastern population has reached Texas and continues to move northward from overwintering sites in Mexico. Visit Journey North to view their progress and report local sightings in...
February 25, 2019
Amanda Kiehl is an undergraduate research assistant with the ISU monarch butterfly research team. Kiehl, a native of Sully, Iowa, is a senior in microbiology with a wide variety of research and medical laboratory work experience in Des Moines and Ames. She has worked with the monarch team on...
February 12, 2019
Join the ISU monarch team as a research assistant! Openings for monarch and milkweed field and lab technicians are available starting Summer 2019. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEB 28. All levels of experience are encouraged to apply and applications will be reviewed until all roles are filled...

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