Iowa Associations Working On Preserving the Dying Breed of Monarch Butterfly Against Extinction


The declining number of relocating monarch butterflies provoked distinctive associations across the state to cooperate with an end goal to spare the said species from dying out.

The 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, and the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium are currently working with conservation organizations, companies and agencies in verifying that the monarch butterfly population is being watched out.

This is in light of the call of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create monarch preservation tasks and plant 200,000 acres of milkweed across the nation.

As indicated by Brian Meyer, director of college relations in ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, they have been discussing the said campaign a year prior since they have been viewing the decrease of monarch butterfly for the most recent decade.

Among the referred reasons for decline of population are loss of monarch natural surroundings because of urbanization in the U.S. and Mexico and decrease in milkweed and other plant assets through cultivating practices.

“This is a really iconic species not just for Iowa, but a large portion of the country,” he said. “We need to be aware that there are ways we can work together to bring some of this habitat back. It may be on farmlands or highways, or even individual gardens, but awareness is really the starting point.”

The ISU will be having an examination that spotlights on the conceivable methods for keeping up milkweed in the area where monarch butterflies flourish. ISU is now planting milkweed seedlings on research farms in the state, and planted 10,000 seeds for nine milkweed species a month ago.

The seedlings will be transplanted into plots on 13 ISU research farms once they fully develop.

“We think Iowa has a special role to play here. It’s important both nationally and in Iowa that there are ways to think about bringing the habitat back,” Brian Meyer said. “Maybe what we do here might develop into other states or might become a template other states could use.”

Other members of the consortium will be working on different things, for example, advancement of training projects to be given to youth groups like 4-H clubs and FFA parts.


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