2018 Research in the Capitol

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Abstract

Over 90 percent of Iowa’s land is devoted to cultivated row crops and pasture, which has caused a decline in biodiversity and habitat for many bee and butterfly species. To restore lost ecosystems and conserve pollinator diversity, the USDA recently developed a new Conservation Reserve Program Pollinator Habitat conservation practice (CP-42). Since 2012, Iowa farmers have enrolled over 200,000 acres in this program with little evaluation of its effectiveness. In 2017, a team of students and faculty from the University of Northern Iowa and Tallgrass Prairie Center developed methods to evaluate vegetation and pollinator activity in CP-42 restoration plantings. Using this new protocol, we recorded over 300 individual pollinator sightings and 15 different species of butterfly. In 2018-2019, the team will evaluate pollinator habitat plantings on ~60 farms in central Iowa.

Start Date

3-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

3-4-2018 1:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Mark Myers

Department

Department of Biology

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Apr 3rd, 11:30 AM Apr 3rd, 1:30 PM

Bee and Butterfly Response to Floral Resources in Central Iowa Prairie Restorations

Over 90 percent of Iowa’s land is devoted to cultivated row crops and pasture, which has caused a decline in biodiversity and habitat for many bee and butterfly species. To restore lost ecosystems and conserve pollinator diversity, the USDA recently developed a new Conservation Reserve Program Pollinator Habitat conservation practice (CP-42). Since 2012, Iowa farmers have enrolled over 200,000 acres in this program with little evaluation of its effectiveness. In 2017, a team of students and faculty from the University of Northern Iowa and Tallgrass Prairie Center developed methods to evaluate vegetation and pollinator activity in CP-42 restoration plantings. Using this new protocol, we recorded over 300 individual pollinator sightings and 15 different species of butterfly. In 2018-2019, the team will evaluate pollinator habitat plantings on ~60 farms in central Iowa.