Stine Research Center
Newark, Delaware, United States
Certified Gold through 2023
Wood Duck Nest Box Program
Eastern Painted Turtles
Reptiles & Amphibians
About the Program
The FMC Coporation’s Stine Research Center is located in Newark, DE, USA on approximately 500 acres. The site has large areas of open grassland, both mowed and un-mowed, as well as wetland areas which provide excellent habitat for a variety bird and amphibian species. Songbird nest boxes are distributed around the facility, with the majority being on the Delaware side of the property. The goal of all the projects is to improve the environment, allowing native species to flourish, since lack of nesting habitat in the area is a limiting factor for bird species. Providing nest boxes for cavity nesting songbirds will give these native birds a safe haven in which to raise their young until they have fledged from the nest. Habitat improvements have also been made to habitats where the Eastern painted turtles and Northern red-bellied turtles reside. There has been a gradual decrease in the overall purple martin population over the years. Since purple martins nest in man-made fixtures and prefer open fields away from buildings, specific areas on site were identified as being ideal for attracting these voracious eaters and providing a breeding location. The site also has over 40 acres of wetlands, mostly in a somewhat protected woods near the perimeter of the property and adjacent to the Mason-Dixon trail. The wood duck project objective is part of the Adopt-A-Wetland initiative that seeks to protect and maintain wetlands and provide habitat for nesting wood ducks. Monitoring information collected is used by site management as a display of DuPont's commitment to environmental stewardship through managing their lands to enhance habitats for wildlife.
Practices and Impacts
- The nest box program consists of 32 songbird nest boxes and two prothonotary warbler nest boxes. From 2002 to 2019, over 1,600 songbirds have fledged from the nest boxes. Employees monitor and maintain the nest boxes.
- The team placed logs along the shoreline for turtles to bask on in 2018. In 2019, the team cut down phragmites and added a floating platform to the pond. They also control the spread of cattails in the pond. The turtle population is monitored.
- The team installed two purple martin houses several years ago, but they were only sporadically monitored. In 2020, the team purchased new houses and poles to replace the existing houses, but due to site shutdowns, installation was prevented and is scheduled for early 2021. The houses are monitored for bird activity, eggs and fledgling counts.
- The team maintains and monitors six wood duck nest boxes around the site. The boxes are located in various wetland areas where wood ducks have been spotted or are known to be located. Three of the nest boxes are located relatively close in an area that is covered under the Delaware Adopt-A-Wetland program.
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