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Tama County 4-H participates in Monarchs on the Move Challenge

April 26, 2018
From: Jenny Hulme - Tama County Youth Coordinator , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Abby Sandvick and Frances Jackson, Tama County 4-H members are now prepared to help solve a real-world challenge after having participated in the 2018 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE) Monarchs on the Move Challenge in Ames.

The 4-H AIE Monarchs on the Move Challenge focuses on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture, specifically as it relates to the monarch butterfly and its habitats. The goal is to help youth understand the collaborative effort required to increase monarch habitats and thus help sustain the monarch population. The challenge incorporates teamwork, communication, workforce development and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills.

While attending the Monarchs on the Move Challenge, youth:

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Abby Sandvick and Frances Jackson
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Learned about the unique lifecycle of butterflies, specifically monarchs;

Discovered how the monarch butterfly represents many pollinators that contribute to our food supply and the health of the planet;

Discussed the challenges that impact the monarch butterfly's declining population;

Explored ways to increase monarch habitat;

Experienced firsthand the collaborative effort required to sustain the monarch population.

Sandvick and Jackson worked with other youth from across the state to build a model which helps better explain the life stages of the monarch butterfly and the difficulties experienced by a monarch caterpillar, and evaluated landscape to identify opportunities to increase biodiversity.

They will now help spread the mission throughout the state. Jackson has already shared the message with the 2nd grade classrooms at GMG. If your classroom or organization is interested in learning more about the Monarchs on the Move Challenge, please contact the Tama County Extension and Outreach office at or 641-484-2703.



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