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Planting Forward Webinar

Planting Forward Webinar Video: Available Now!

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Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday, May 23 for our first webinar “Planting Forward.” We loved sharing this plan with you, and appreciated the enthusiastic response and questions shared via the webinar chat and in the survey after. For those of you who were unable to join us, the video is now live…

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Clark McLeod

Planting Forward Webinar – Saturday, 05/23 @ 11 AM CST

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Clark kicks off Monarch Research’s Webinar Series this Saturday with “Planting Forward: The Critical Need for Native Plants and Trees in our Landscapes.”  This will be the first in a five-part conference series intended to INSPIRE our community to engage in habitat restoration activities in their backyards or acreages.  Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers…

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COVID-19 Update: Monarch Research facilities temporarily closed to visitors

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As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, Monarch Research is following CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our Monarch/Pollinator Zones, volunteers, and friends. We are monitoring the ongoing and changing requirements of our health and government officials, and vigilantly following their recommendations: We have reviewed our critical business functions and are confident…

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Storm Water Cost Savings Incentives Available for Cedar Rapids Residents

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The City of Cedar Rapids offers several incentives that can reduce your stormwater utility fee!  Residents of Cedar Rapids are eligible to participate in the City’s Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost-Share Program. The program provides property owners financial and technical assistance to implement BMPs, improving water quality and reducing stormwater runoff quantity. Financial assistance…

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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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