Wacker Chemical Corporation

Adrian Site

Adrian, Michigan, United States

Certified Silver through 2023

Project Name
Project Type
Bluebird
Avian
Little Brown Bat
Bats
Bluebird Program for Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee County
Awareness & Community Engagement
About the Program
The Wacker Chemical Corporation’s Adrian Site, approximately 30 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan, manufactures silicone raw materials, fluids and emulsions. The site supports multiple conservation and education projects on the property and throughout Lenawee County. The site has had a certified wildlife habitat since 1999. The 260-acre site features a wetland, forest and riparian area along the River Raisin, as well as a technical center, distribution center and production areas. 

Practices and Impacts
  • The team installed 25 bluebird boxes onsite to support native bluebird species. The houses were strategically placed in grassy areas, some bordering forest habitat, to enhance foraging and shelter for the avian species. The team has observed over 1,200 successful bluebird fledglings since the start of the project. To aid in the success of the bluebirds, the team regularly monitors for invasive avian species and makes alterations to nesting box locations. The project is managed in alignment with Michigan Bluebird Society's mission. 
  • In December 2021, the team hosted an educational event in conjunction with Michigan Bluebird Society for the Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee County. The team taught participants about bluebird habitat and species, and the importance of their conservation. In addition, the group constructed bluebird houses that will be installed onsite. 
  • The team installed 10 houses to support native little brown bat populations onsite, strategically placed within 30 feet of forested habitat near the River Raisin. The target population includes 600 bats. In addition to providing housing to shelter the bats, the team restricts insecticide in the housing areas to allow for abundant insect food sources. The team also introduced sonar systems in 2019 to better monitor the bat houses. The team observed sonic reading of one little brown bat in 2021 and continues to make adjustments to better support the bat population. 

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