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July 22, 2016
By Natasha Bures natasha_bures@fws.gov Monarchs have been in the news a lot lately. Overwintering populations are on the rise, but they have a long way to go before they return to the healthy numbers from decades past. You can help make a difference. Your town can join in the fight to save the...
July 11, 2016
By Dan Mika, Staff Writerdmika@amestrib.com A coalition of researchers from Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other conservation groups are offering farmers across Iowa and the Midwest financial support to help restore the country’s monarch butterfly...
May 27, 2016
Field season is now underway and the first monarch eggs found by our research team are at the Iowa State University Sorenson Farm research plots east of Ames. On May 24, 2016, five eggs were found on small Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) plants and six eggs were found on Asclepias syriaca...
May 17, 2016
AMES, Iowa – With the population of monarch butterflies in North America declining sharply, there is fear that the species’ migration between Mexico and the United State could be in peril. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was created by Iowa State University, farmer and commodity groups,...
May 11, 2016
  GROW WITH US! Would your organization like to join us as part of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium? We are delighted to have a diverse group of members and partners working together on monarch conservation and we invite you to learn more about our Strategic Goals. HOW TO JOIN...
March 31, 2016
AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University researcher has helped carry out the scientific equivalent of gazing into a crystal ball to see what the future holds for the declining population of the monarch butterfly in North America. Despite a favorable summer last year that helped the monarch...
March 01, 2016
AMES, Iowa — Although the number of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico has sharply rebounded, leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, say that sustained efforts of Iowa crop and livestock farmers, landowners, conservationists and others are critical to ensuring continued...
February 19, 2016
Join the ISU Monarch Workgroup as a summer research 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. Summer positions are full-time - see...
February 18, 2016
Would you like to plant milkweeds to attract bees and butterflies to your landscape? Richard Jauron, horticulturalist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, explains that common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and other species may be too vigorous and weedy for beds and borders. ...
February 11, 2016
Are you suffering from cabin fever after the brisk weather these past few weeks? Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, isn't letting the cold temperatures dampen her spirits. She recently blogged about her efforts to seed common milkweed in order to...
October 13, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Collaborations marked efforts to increase the number of monarch butterflies as the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium got underway this year. The consortium was created in March by farmer, rancher and conservation organizations, state agencies, companies and Iowa State University...
October 07, 2015
Teresa Blader, Department of Entomology Graduate Student;  Strives to answer questions about monarch habitat restoration:  Researching monarchs this summer was an adventure. It started off with great success examining monarch egg laying preference on different milkweed plant density;...
September 30, 2015
Monarch butterflies were a hit at ‘Ag-Citing’ activities at the ISU Buena Vista County Extension program that was held September 23rd and 24th.  Three hundred 4th graders from Buena Vista County visited the ISU Allee Research and Demonstration Farm just outside of Newell.  Students...
September 30, 2015
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.  Tory Pocius, a Ph.D. student and Sue Blodgett helped the...
April 22, 2015
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...
April 15, 2015
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.
March 27, 2015
Laura Jesse and Donald Lewis present options for monarch conservation their recent Horticulture and Home Pest News article.
March 19, 2015
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...

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