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Saving the monarch butterfly: Iowa State University biologist explains census discrepancy

August 4, 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 state parks have reported... Read more about Saving the monarch butterfly: Iowa State University biologist explains census discrepancy

Tracking monarch butterflies

July 19, 2017

photo of K. FisherThere'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 is studying monarch movement by putting a tracking device on the butterfly. Read more about Tracking monarch butterflies

Monarch butterfly research on program July 20 at Iowa State University research farm field day

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 farm, which is located at 36515 Highway E34, Castana, or four miles east of Castana on Monona County Highway E34. Read more about Monarch butterfly research on program July 20 at Iowa State University research farm field day

Monarch butterfly conservation efforts in Iowa laying foundation for success across Midwest

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 research team at Iowa State University are addressing. Read more about Monarch butterfly conservation efforts in Iowa laying foundation for success across Midwest

Field Day: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm

June 12, 2017

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 begins at 12:30 p.m., with a tour of the farm and a crop update from farm superintendent Myron Reese starting at 1 p.m. Read more about Field Day: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm

Field Day: Monarch butterflies and wetlands - June 14

June 7, 2017

Join us for 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. Hosted in partnership with Iowa Learning Farms, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Pathfinders RC&D. Read more about Field Day: Monarch butterflies and wetlands - June 14

Agriculture adding weeds for butterflies

July 22, 2016

screen shot of Bob Hartzler interviewMilkweed 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, organized by Iowa State University, involves agricultural organizations looking for ways to work with farmers to convert land to monarch habitat without disrupting production... Read more about Agriculture adding weeds for butterflies

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