Fueling up butterflies

By Teresa Bjork
Iowa Farm Bureau

Just like how we need to fuel up our cars with gas and our bodies with caffeine before hitting the road, monarch butterflies need a place to refuel on their cross-continent journey.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels As­­soc­iation, a partner in the Iowa Monarch Conservation Con­sortium, launched the Monarch Fueling Station project in 2017 to help the state’s ethanol and biodiesel plants establish monarch habitat on facility grounds.

Currently, there are 12 Monarch Fueling Stations, including biofuels plants in Cedar Rapids, West Burlington, Dyersville, Nevada, Coon Rapids, Merrill and Council Bluffs. Fuel retailer Star Energy FS is also planting four Monarch Fueling Stations at its locations in Iowa.

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