Come to the 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 Center (1005 7th Street NE, Orange City, Iowa). It is designed for landowners and families who want to learn more about planting pollinator habitat. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/field-day-focus-growing-monarch-and-pollinator-habitat
The May Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, May 18 at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Steven Bradbury, professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Departments of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Entomology at Iowa State University.
Landowners and families who want to learn more about planting monarch and pollinator habitat should consider attending a field day Aug. 26 near Creston.
The event is being hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Pheasants Forever, USDA-NRCS and the Union County Soil and Water Conservation District.
When common milkweed is cut back during the growing season it produces new growth over the next few weeks. Research suggests these regenerating stems are very attractive to ovipositing monarchs, contain fewer monarch predators, and may be safer environments for first-instar caterpillars. This presentation will review research on this topic, including results from the ReGrow Milkweed for Monarchs community science project, and discuss prospects and uncertainties around using disturbance as a conservation tool for monarch recovery.