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October 25, 2017
The eastern population of monarch butterflies has declined significantly during the past 20 years. As the figure here illustrates, Iowa is in the heart of the summer breeding range for these monarchs. Habitat restoration that includes planting native milkweed species is critical for...
August 22, 2017
Participants at the recent monarch conservation field day enjoyed a beautiful morning, lively conversation, and hands-on activities! Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, welcomed nearly 40 attendees and highlighted monarch conservation efforts happening...
August 04, 2017
When people think of STEM research, butterflies aren’t typically what come to mind. Three women are working to change that perception. Kelsey Fisher, a graduate student in entomology, Riley Nylin, a junior in agricultural systems technology, and Signey Hilby, one of 19 students participating...
August 04, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Monarch butterfly populations have taken a nosedive over the last 20 years, according to researchers who monitor the number of butterflies that spend the winter in Mexico every year. But organizations of citizen scientists in the United States who conduct yearly censuses of monarchs in...
July 19, 2017
  There's a lot of effort going to save the Monarch Butterfly as its population declines and that includes finding out how and why they move from one place to the next. At Iowa State University, PhD entomology student Kelsey Fisher says, "The first question we're asking is to see, how...
July 11, 2017
AMES, Iowa — Research on increasing habitat for monarch butterflies will be among the topics presented at the July 20 field day at the Iowa State University Western Research and Demonstration Farm near Castana. The field day is open to the public at no charge. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the...
June 30, 2017
AMES, Iowa — A new U.S. Geological Survey study highlights multiple options for restoring monarch breeding habitat in the Midwest to support recovery of the monarch butterfly. The study outlines a challenging goal, but it’s one that the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium and the monarch...
June 19, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Determining the right mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees can be challenging. Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season....
June 12, 2017
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm will host its annual spring field day June 22. The event will provide information on a wide range of subjects, with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists leading demonstrations and discussions. Registration...
June 07, 2017
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a monarch butterfly and wetland field day Wednesday, June 14th. The 10:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day will be held at a CREP wetland near Story City. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal. The field day is in partnership...
May 11, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Research has shown a steep decline in North America’s monarch butterfly population. The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll examined ways farmers might help reverse that decline through habitat restoration. The survey’s questions examined farmer awareness, concern and willingness to...
May 09, 2017
By Laura Crowell laura.crowell@ia.usda.gov With the declining number of Monarch butterflies migrating north through the central United States, USDA is offering a new incentive program to Iowa farmers to help increase Monarch breeding habitat. Iowa agricultural producers interested in...
March 28, 2017
The eastern and western populations of monarch butterflies have begun their spring migration. The eastern population is moving northward from overwintering sites in Mexico. Visit Journey North to view their progress and report local sightings in your area!
February 27, 2017
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America, available at www.iowamonarchs.info. The strategy — developed by the consortium — guides the implementation and...
February 16, 2017
KEYSTONE, CO, February 16, 2017 — Farmers, landowners, conservationists, businesses, and citizen groups are making steady progress promoting the conservation of monarch butterflies and expanding habitat. However, the 2016-2017 overwintering population estimate recently released by the World...
January 28, 2017
Contact: Justin Fritscher justin.fritscher@wdc.usda.gov The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and...
December 13, 2016
  By Lynn Laws It is an epic journey. The monarch’s annual migration over multiple generations spans from southern Canada to central Mexico. Monarch populations have been declining over the past two decades. Scientists attribute their decline to extreme climate fluctuations in...
December 08, 2016
The forecast turned cold this week, so it was all hands on deck to finish planting more than forty monarch habitat research sites across Iowa. Our team's ag specialist, Seth Appelgate, carefully planned and implemented each step of the planting process, from cleaning and mixing the habitat...
November 11, 2016
Each autumn, after the monarch butterflies have departed for their migration south to Mexico, the seed pods of milkweed plants scattered across the midwestern landscape split open to reveal a bounty of seeds. A classroom full of biology students at Ames High School recently...
November 07, 2016
Join the ISU Monarch Workgroup as an intern! Lab and field technician roles for both monarch and milkweed research are available. All levels of experience are encouraged to apply and applications will be reviewed until all roles are filled. A part-time position is available immediately and we...
September 15, 2016
As the days grow shorter and fall approaches, newly emerged monarch butterflies become restless. Although the bright orange- and black-winged insects currently visiting backyard flowerbeds may appear identical to those seen earlier in the summer, they are biologically different from all others. The...
September 09, 2016
This week's drizzly rain is sharing the stage with a few sunny, breezy days. Some of the milkweed plants at our team's monarch butterfly research plots are starting to die back and many of the late-season forbs are beginning to show beautiful blooms....
August 03, 2016
By Donnelle Eller deller@dmreg.com Depleted monarch butterflies and honeybees could get a boost from Iowa farmers over the next few years, thanks in part to lower commodity prices that have prompted landowners to shift more than 100,000 acres of row crops into habitat for creatures...
July 26, 2016
AMES, Iowa  — Nearly half of Iowa farmers say in a recent Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll that they are willing to plant monarch breeding habitat but are unsure how much land or money they would invest in the effort. Good monarch breeding habitat includes areas having milkweed for larvae and...
July 22, 2016
Milkweed is crucial to the survival of the monarch butterfly, but since the Midwest was settled and turned to agriculture a lot of the habitat has gone. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium is organized by Iowa State University but involves a lot of agriculture organizations looking for ways...

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