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June 11, 2020
Among the most simple and effective measures farmers and landowners can take to conserve monarch butterfly populations is to follow best practices for mowing. When establishing habitat, or conducting management activities to keep the site healthy, mowing can be an important tool. Once habitat is...
April 04, 2020
When most people hear “butterfly,” images of the beloved orange-and-black monarch (Danaus plexippus) spring to mind. But that iconic fluttering insect has a problem: Its overwintering numbers have plummeted since the 1990s—a situation so serious that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is slated to...
March 14, 2020
AMES, Iowa — The World Wildlife Fund and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) released its 2019-2020 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately seven acres of forest canopy in Mexico, less than half the area of last year’s...
March 10, 2020
Looking to gain laboratory research experience? In this role, you will assist members of the Iowa State University/USDA Agricultural Research Service monarch research team with the daily care of milkweed species and native nectar plants, rearing monarch butterflies through their entire...
February 25, 2020
Cost-effective methods to establish and maintain monarch habitat The eastern population of monarch butterflies has declined significantly over the past 20 years. Iowa is in the heart of the summer breeding range for this iconic insect. To support monarch butterfly conservation in Iowa...
January 28, 2020
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, is featured in the January 2020 issue of STORIES magazine. He participated in the IINSPIRE LSAMP program funded by NSF in...
January 25, 2020
Ryan Pate is a research assistant for the Iowa State University monarch butterfly research team. She also works with the ISU Insect Zoo to provide educational outreach for schools and community groups. She is a senior in animal ecology and she has worked with the ISU monarch team in the lab...
December 18, 2019
Alex Mullins is a graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University. Mullins completed a B.S. in wildlife biology at Adams State University and his current research aims to understand the distance at which monarch butterflies can detect nectar resources....
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 Ph.D. 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...

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