Fieldwork

Backyard Woodland After Derecho 2

Backyard woodlands: An important forest resource

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Photo of Mark Vitosh, Iowa Department of Natural Resources The Gazette is working with the Linn Landowner Forum to present a weekly series of columns about elements landowners should con-sider…

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Replanting the landscape: Join the ‘unlawning’ movement

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The Gazette is working with the Linn Landowner Forum to present a weekly series of columns about elements landowners should consider when replacing trees and plants lost in the Aug.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Parks for Pollinators: Linn County BuzzBlitz – Saturday, June 8

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If you’re looking for a fun way to help out the pollinators this weekend, check out the BuzzBlitz happening at Wickiup Hill this weekend: Parks for Pollinators: Linn County’s BuzzBlitz…

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