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October 10, 2018
The eastern population of monarch butterflies has declined significantly over the past 20 years. As the figure here illustrates, Iowa is in the heart of the summer breeding range for these iconic insects. Habitat restoration that includes planting native milkweed species is critical...
September 27, 2018
Madison County landowners Don Eyerly and J.D. Schruers hosted field day participants on Sept. 26 for a tour of pollinator habitat plantings near Winterset, Iowa. The event was presented by Madison County Extension, Iowa Pheasants Forever, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa...
September 17, 2018
Alec Euken is an undergraduate research assistant with the ISU monarch butterfly research team. Euken, a native of Clear Lake, Iowa, is an avid photographer and a leader in the ISU Conservation Club where he currently holds the role of vice president and formerly served as the club's...
September 17, 2018
We are hearing from many people about groups of monarch butterflies roosting in locations statewide! The migration of the eastern monarch population spans 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico. Generally, these migrating monarchs appear in Iowa during September, with the monarch abundance peaking...
September 05, 2018
by Erin Campbell Director of Communications, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives As you spend time outdoors in the warmer months, you may have noticed fewer monarch butterflies over the years. Unfortunately, the monarch butterfly population has experienced an 80 percent decline in the...
August 24, 2018
Join us at the 2018 Farm Progress Show and bring your questions about monarch and pollinator habitat! In a recent Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, nearly half of Iowa farmers said that they are willing to plant monarch breeding habitat but are unsure how much land or money they would...
August 22, 2018
The fall semester began this week at Iowa State which means summer research internships are wrapping up! Our team was fortunate to collaborate with a very dedicated group of undergraduate researchers -- in the lab and in the field -- from May through August. One of our student research...
August 09, 2018
AMES, Iowa ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a monarch and pollinator field day on Aug. 21 at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. The program will run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and includes a field tour of the monarch and pollinator habitat planted at Prairie Ridge Care...
July 26, 2018
"Awesome research -- keep it going!" "I learned a lot about monarchs today -- very informational!" "Great event! Loved the demonstration!" "Really well organized." "Great program!" Participants at the 2018 Iowa Monarch Summit and Field Day enjoyed a full day of ...
May 26, 2018
By Willy Klein Farming near Osage in northeast Iowa, this year marks the 45th crop Wayne Fredericks has planted on the 750 acres he farms using no-till, strip till and cover crops. While he’s hopeful for great soybean and corn crops, he is especially proud of the 7 acres of pollinator habitat...
May 24, 2018
DES MOINES, IOWA—Funding and planning assistance are available to implement habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators on Iowa farms through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Interested landowners should visit their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (...
May 11, 2018
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population. 
March 29, 2018
By Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension weed scientist The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) recently released a report (A menace to monarchs) describing the threat to monarch butterflies posed by an increased use of dicamba.  While I have been fairly critical of the Xtend system1 due ...
March 21, 2018
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was honored to receive the "Leadership in Collaboration Award" as part of the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards presented on March 6. The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards were created to recognize, honor and promote Iowa...
March 16, 2018
The eastern population of monarch butterflies is declining. We know they need milkweed to thrive… but what size should milkweed patches be? How far apart should patches be? How will planting of milkweed in roadsides and on CRP land affect monarch population growth? Trying to answer...
March 12, 2018
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038. “The consortium has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to expand habitat on our agricultural land, urban areas, roadsides, and...
March 02, 2018
by Carol Brown The loss of a little butterfly could have big implications for Iowa farmers. The eastern monarch butterfly population has decreased 80 percent during the past two decades. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will decide in 2019 if the iconic orange and black insect...
February 26, 2018
Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has two conservation program opportunities earmarked for landowners to implement monarch habitat practices: the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The next funding cutoff deadline...
February 21, 2018
AMES, Iowa – A group of Iowa 4-H'ers will come to Ames March 2–3 to be trained as a cadre of leaders for a new STEM curriculum, "Monarchs on the Move." Once trained, the young people will share their excitement and knowledge about monarchs with youth across the state. They’ll use a program designed...
January 24, 2018
The eastern population of monarch butterflies has declined significantly over the past 20 years. As the figure here illustrates, Iowa is in the heart of the summer breeding range for these iconic insects. Habitat restoration that includes planting native milkweed species is critical...
January 21, 2018
Over 100 years ago, ISU Extension and Outreach engaged 4-H youth in growing better varieties of corn as a way to get the innovation to their farmer parents. When your son or daughter has higher yields than you do, you pay attention. That proven method of technology transfer is being rolled out...
January 11, 2018
Join the ISU monarch research team as a research assistant! Lab technician roles for monarch and milkweed research are available immediately. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE JAN 31. All levels of experience are encouraged to apply and applications will be reviewed until all roles are filled....
December 26, 2017
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) launched the new Monarch Fueling Station Project, which encourages biofuel producers in Iowa to add monarch butterfly habitat near production facilities. “Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel plants are scattered across Iowa and also tend to have a lot of...
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...

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