By Cindy Hadish/for Iowa Gardener Becki Lynch’s approach to gardening has changed over time, ultimately benefiting bees, butterflies and birds. “It started as a very formal garden,” Becki said of the early years at her Cedar Rapids home, where she and her husband have lived since 1987. With about 3 acres of land, half of […]
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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – Travelers along Interstate 35 would share the plus-1,500-mile route with some migrating friends if plans for a “Monarch Highway” take flight. Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas, described the proposal during his presentation Jan. […]
UPDATE: Prairiewoods in Hiawatha will offer a similar event, with a focus on the decline of monarchs. Here is that info: The Plight of the Monarch at Prairiewoods, Monday, May 5, 7–9 p.m. Have you noticed that the population of monarch butterflies is dwindling? Spring is the time to plant milkweed and native flowers, crucial […]
Just love this new statewide program coming from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The zoo is teaming up with 10 organizations to introduce Plant.Grow.Fly., a conservation effort to bring back native pollinators. Through Plant.Grow.Fly., Iowans are encouraged to plant pollinator habitat in yards, schools and businesses.