COVID-19 Update

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

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

Ella and Monarch
Ella hits 100!
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Ella and the Monarch Meet Ella. She had a goal to release…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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