Monarch Conservation Field Day 2017

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00:02 the monarch butterfly kind of symbolizes

00:06 conservation in general in Iowa it

00:08 there's an opportunity to provide

00:11 monarch habitat that's not only

00:13 beneficial and critical for the monarch

00:15 but it's critically important to a lot

00:17 of other wildlife species in in Iowa a

00:21 monarch conservation consortium is

00:23 really something we started talking

00:25 about back in 2013 we thought it was a

00:28 critically important issue for

00:30 agriculture and for all Iowans and so we

00:34 started bringing together agricultural

00:36 leaders in the state to say what can we

00:38 do about this issue I think they're a

00:40 signal to us about the the ecology

00:44 around us I've certainly seen the number

00:48 of mouths weeds go down and now you see

00:50 the number of monarchs also being

00:52 depleted so they're a good signal we

00:55 need to look around us and see what's

00:56 happening well they're beautiful and

00:59 they're butterflies and they're easy to

01:00 identify everybody knows them and I

01:04 think what's also amazing is how far

01:06 they might reach even the caterpillar

01:08 has some character to it that it kind of

01:13 develops a little attitude and it's a

01:17 fun one to grow it grows quickly and

01:19 kids like to watch it grow adults like

01:21 to watch it grow and they're just

01:23 fascinated by how quickly that little

01:25 tiny egg will hatch into a caterpillar

01:28 and grow into a large caterpillar become

01:32 a chrysalis and then emerge as an adult

01:34 butterfly between Iowa State the

01:37 Department of Ag and land stewardship

01:39 and Iowa Department of Natural Resources

01:40 we came together and we said we need a

01:43 consortium of many partners many members

01:46 so that we can make a difference on this

01:48 important issue

01:49 and and we were really gratified to see

01:53 how many people step forward and said

01:55 that they wanted to be part of the

01:56 effort

01:57 [Music]



Couldn't attend the monarch field day? We made a recap video just for you!

Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, welcomed nearly 40 attendees and highlighted monarch conservation efforts happening statewide. Groups of participants rotated through field day presentations led by:

  • Tori Pocius, ISU graduate student -- Monarch preference among native milkweed species
  • Seth Appelgate, ISU ag specialist -- Monarch habitat establishment
  • Sean McCoy, IDALS environmental specialist -- Habitat and water quality
  • Dr. Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension weed scientist -- Weed management in conservation plantings
  • Keith Bidne, USDA-ARS -- Monarch butterfly biology, annual migration, and life stages

Thank you to the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium members and partners, the USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant program, the Iowa State University monarch research team, and the ISU Field Extension Education Lab. We'll see you again next summer!