As monarchs migrate northward, experts ask Iowans to keep habitat in mind

A sizable population of monarch butterflies is fluttering toward Iowa this spring. What can Iowans do to put the species on a more sustainable footing after years of decline? An Iowa State University expert discusses best practices for monarch conservation.

Monarch butterflies migrate to the same forested area in central Mexico every year. This gives scientists a convenient opportunity to measure the size of the population. Photo by Royce Bitzer
Monarch butterflies migrate to the same forested area in central Mexico every year. This gives scientists a convenient opportunity to measure the size of the population. Photo by Royce Bitzer

 

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