Our Mission

The mission of the Monarch Research Project (MRP) 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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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