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Linn County Pollinator Seed Mix

Shout out to Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust!

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The Monarch Research Project sends a big THANK YOU to Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust for supporting our seed give aways this fall.  Attendees at our recent Linn Landowner Forum received seed packets containing a special Linn County Pollinator seed mix to start a 400-square-foot prairie plot. The seed mix was developed with plants native…

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Ella and Monarch

Ella hits 100!

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Ella and the Monarch Meet Ella. She had a goal to release 100 monarchs this season and she just released her 100th monarch! Ella’s family has been rearing monarchs in a 6×6 Monarch BioTent™ for awhile and Ella enjoyed it so much, she decided to get her own tent. She earned the money to buy…

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6x6 BioTent

How to fold a 6×6 Monarch BioTent™

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It’s that time of year! If you’ve sent your last monarchs on their way and you are ready to dismantle your 6×6 Monarch Biotent™  our own Mike Martin is here to help you out!  

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Linn County Conservation

1000 Acres Pollinator Initiative Receives ISAC’s Excellence in Action Award

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The following post is shared from the Linn County News feed posted on  August 29, 2019.  Linn County Conservation presented with 2019 Excellence in Action award from ISAC The Linn County 1,000 Acres Pollinator Initiative is a recipient of the 2019 Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Excellence in Action Award. The Excellence in Action…

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Rearing Monarch Butterflies Naturally in a Protected Environment

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Update of a Monarch 6×6 BioTent on a naturally growing plot of milkweed stocked by wild OE free adult butterflies. We are conducting research to compare the success of monarchs reared in the tent to that of nature here in Iowa.

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Monarchs in BioTent

Rearing on Autonomous Plots at MRS

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Guest post by Jabe Gonder, MRS Summer Research Intern. 6×6 milkweed plot is prepared for a BioTent This summer’s research is in full swing headed into the second week of July. We are continuing the experimentation of “One and Done”—Rearing Monarch Butterflies on the Wild Side— at our research station. Beginning in early June, the…

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Orlan Love Prairie Dedication

Orlan Love Prairie Dedicated

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Orlan Love in the Orlan Love Prairie, Squaw Creek State Park. On Tuesday, June 24 a 6.6 acre pollinator prairie within Linn County’s Squaw Creek State Park was formally dedicated as the Orlan Love Prairie.  The name honors Orlan Love, a writer and columnist at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Tributes, news, and remarks by Orlan…

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Chrysalis at the MRS.

OE Testing

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Kallie is hard at work at the MRS testing for OE: Ophryocystis elektroscirrha, a single celled parasite that  infects monarchs. We test every monarch in the station. Kallie tests adult monarchs (it’s not possible to test caterpillars for the disease); she’s looking for microscopic spores on the abdomen of the butterfly. Any monarchs found with…

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Doug Tallamy

4th Annual Linn Landowners Forum: Save the Date

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Mark September 29, 2019 on your calendar for the 4th Annual Linn County Landowner Forum. This year’s event will be special! We’re featuring a talk by Doug Tallamy, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. Doug is a well-known conservationist, and engaging speaker, as well as the author…

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chrysalides

Monarchs in the Making

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Cam, Mike, Kallie, our intern Jabe, and lots of volunteers have been hard at work at the MRS. We have over 800 chrysalides getting ready to emerge! These monarchs will be the mating monarchs that provide eggs for our over 180 active Monarch Zones in and around Linn County, IA. One of many tents within…

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