Clarion Site

Clarion, Iowa, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Pollinator Habitat
Pollinator Population
About the Program
Bayer is committed to shaping the future of agriculture and has a strong commitment to people and the environment. As part of this commitment, in 2016 team members at the Clarion, Iowa site began grassland and pollinator conservation projects. The Clarion site is located approximately 90 miles north of Des Moines. Team members participate in projects that improve the health of the one-acre grassland habitat by increasing native species biodiversity and managing invasive species to increase the numbers of monarch butterfly and other pollinator species in the grassland habitat.

Practices and Impacts
  • In 2019 and 2020, team members planted native pollinator plant species plugs in the grassland and spread native seeds to improve the diversity of the grassland habitat and help provide food and shelter for native pollinator insects.
  • Since 2018, team members have coordinated with Monarch Research Zone to pick up common milkweed plugs, seeds and 300 monarch caterpillars to raise and release in order to increase monarch populations.
  • Native pollinator insect species were also collected and placed them in the "bio-house" to protect them until maturity and release back into the wild.
  • Over the summer months, team members monitor the grassland habitat and record numbers of observed pollinator insects.
  • Insect hotels were placed around the grassland habitat to provide shelter for cavity nesting native pollinators.