A coalition of researchers from Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other conservation groups are offering farmers support to help restore the monarch butterfly population...
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll shows that farmers are ready to plant habitat to help the declining monarch butterfly population... Read more about Farmers willing to assist in monarch conservation efforts
Would your organization like to join the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium? We are delighted to have a diverse group working together on monarch conservation and we invite you to learn more about our Strategic Goals and How to Join... Read more about Would your organization like to join the Consortium?
Eastern monarch butterflies in North America may face quasi-extinction in the next 20 years unless something is done to expand their population capacity, according to an Iowa State University researcher. The eastern migratory monarch population declined 84 percent between 1996 and 2014... Read more about Iowa State University researcher helps to forecast the chances of monarch butterfly survival
Although the number of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico has rebounded, leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, say that sustained efforts of Iowa crop and livestock farmers, landowners and others are critical to monarch conservation... Read more about New monarch numbers are encouraging, but conservation efforts must continue in Iowa
Join the ISU Monarch Workgroup as a 2016 summer research intern! Now hiring lab and field technician roles for monarch and milkweed research. Must be excited about outdoor research in the summer heat!
We are especially seeking applicants with coursework in entomology, biology, natural resources, plant pathology, agronomy or related fields... Read more about Apply Now: Monarch summer research internships
Would you like to attract bees and butterflies to your landscape? Richard Jauron, horticulturalist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, explains that common milkweed and other species may be too vigorous and weedy for beds and borders. See his suggestions for other milkweed varieties... Read more about Milkweeds for the Home Landscape
Are you suffering from cabin fever after the brisk weather these past few weeks? Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist, isn't letting the cold temperatures dampen her spirits. She recently blogged about her efforts to seed common milkweed in order to establish monarch butterfly habitat... Read more about The Creation of Monarch Habitat
The consortium was created in March by farmer, rancher and conservation organizations, state agencies, companies and Iowa State University to enhance... Read more Read more about Collaborations mark Monarch Conservation Consortium’s beginning
Researching monarchs this summer was an adventure. It started off with great success examining monarch egg laying preference on different milkweed plant density; my team and I found eggs in my experiment plots as the monarch returned to the north from their overwinter site. From there on out it was a battle between... Read more about Researching Monarchs Summer Adventure with Teresa Blader
Monarch butterflies were a hit at ‘Ag-Citing’ activities at the ISU Buena Vista County Extension program that was held September 23rd and 24th. Read more about Three Hundred 4th Graders Enjoyed Learning about Monarchs at the 'Ag-Citing' Event in Buena Vista County
Incoming Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) students had a chance to learn about the monarch butterfly recently at the NREM fall mini-camp that was held at the 4-H Campground in Boone County on Saturday, September 19th. Read more about Students Attend Monarch Mini-Camp
By Bob Hartzler, Department of Agronomy, Sue Blodgett and Steven Bradbury, Department of Entomology, and Richard Hellmich, USDA-ARS.
Photo. Monarch larvae feed exclusively on milkweeds
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was established in February 2015 through the efforts of numerous Iowa farmer, livestock producer, commodity and conservation organizations; Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. View full article
Steven Bradbury represented Iowa State University at the April 6-7 Keystone Monarch Collaborative Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The meeting is summarized in the attached statement courtesy of the Keystone Policy Center. Read more about Bradbury Attends Keystone Monarch Collaboration Meeting
AMES, Iowa — Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort.
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will take a science-based approach to enhancing monarch butterfly reproduction and assist community-led implementation efforts... Read more about Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium Announced