Iowa Learning Farms May Webinar to Discuss Monarch Conservation in Iowa



AMES, IOWA— The May Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, May 18 at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Steven Bradbury, professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Departments of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Entomology at Iowa State University. Bradbury retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 after 30 years of public service. His role at the EPA included four years as director of the Office of Pesticide Programs.

Bradbury’s presentation will cover research related to monarch conservation, including the development of cost-effective practices to establish and maintain monarch breeding habitat in agricultural landscapes, the development of models to better understand monarch population responses to different arrangements of new habitat patches in the Iowa landscape, and techniques to monitor the status and trends of habitat and monarch population responses.  

The ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free, and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To log in, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the “guest” option. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Bradbury by typing their questions through the chat function. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for future viewing: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.

ILF has hosted a webinar every month since January 2011. To date, there are 64 webinars to view on topics including soil erosion, water quality, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors and farmer perspectives.