Jake Slobe | March 13, 2017
This week’s On The Radio segment discusses the recently released monarch butterfly conservation strategy.
Transcript: A statewide strategy for the conservation and advancement of monarch butterflies was released last month in response to declining monarch populations.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The strategy was prepared by the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, a group of more than thirty organizations including agricultural and conservation groups, agribusiness and utility companies, county associations, universities and state and federal agencies. It includes scientifically-based conservation practices such as using monarch friendly weed management, utilizing the farm bill to plant breeding habitat, and closely following instruction labels when applying potentially toxic pesticides.
Monarch butterflies provide many vital ecosystem services like the pollination of agricultural and native plants. They have seen a population decline of 80 percent in the last two decades due primarily to extreme weather events and the pervasive loss of the milkweed plant. In June 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will determine whether or not to list monarch butterflies as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.