Please Note: COVID-19 Update – The Monarch Research Station is open; however, due to the COVID-19 virus, visits to the facility must be planned in advance.   To make an appointment, please contact Mike Martin via email to info@monarchresearch.org.   You can also reach Mike via phone at (319) 533-2959.  For other questions/inquiries, please send us a note and one of the members of our team will respond promptly:  Click Here to Contact Us


Our Mission

The mission of Monarch Research is to restore pollinator habitat while re‑establishing the monarch population.

Restore Native Habitat

Partnering with ISU researchers, MRP’s Pollinator Zones™ are committed to expand native habitat for pollinators on public and private lands in Linn County, Iowa. Learn more.

Save the Monarchs

Our objective is to develop Monarch Zones® (MZ)—homes, cities, and counties that are committed to our goal of repopulating the butterfly population. We have established close to 200 Monarch Zones in and around Linn County, Iowa. Learn more.

Starting Locally, then Expanding

The MRP is working with the eastern Iowa governments and citizens to establish monarch and habitat models that can be replicated in other communities. Learn more.

Recent Blog Posts

Follow along as local “Ecological Restorationist” accepts the Tallamy Challenge
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Rich and Marion Patterson are great examples of Linn County citizens that…

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A Radical Rethinking of Your Lawn
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If you’ve joined us for the recent webinars focussing on Pollinator Zones,…

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Advanced Pollinator Zones Webinar – Habitat Restoration Techniques & Polliscaping with ISU Master Gardeners – 06/06/20 @ 11 AM Central
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The third installment in Monarch Research’s five-part conference series will be held…

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Pollinator Zones 101 Webinar – Saturday, 05/30/20 @ 11 AM Central
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Join us for “Pollinator Zones 101 – Establishing Native Habitat in Your…

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