Birchwood Power Partners, LP

Birchwood Power Partners, LP

King George, Virginia, United States

Certified Gold through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Front Entrance Gardens
Landscaped
Cavity Nesting Songbirds
Avian
Peregrine Falcon
Avian
Bat Boxes
Bats

About the Program
The Birchwood Power Partners plant is a coal-fired power station located in King George, Virginia near the Rappahannock River. The native habitats at the plant include wildflower meadows, pollinator gardens, grasslands, and wetlands. These habitats connect adjacent habitats and foraging grounds for songbirds, wood duck, falcons and other raptor species.

Practices and Impacts

  • To encourage conservation stewardship, the team holds multiple wildlife photo contests throughout the year and displays the winners in the lobby.
  • Three bat boxes are maintained near water sources on the property. The bat boxes provide shelter and safety for raising young, while the wildflower meadows and native gardens attract insects for food.
  • The team planted a series of native-plant entrance gardens for pollinators and to support insectivorous animals. The gardens include a broad list of native species, chosen to provide bloom across the growing season. The team keeps the gardens neat to encourage acceptance by co-workers and the community. Monitoring is through photos taken annually.
  • Blue bird nest boxes were first installed in 2002 and were replaced in 2016. They are adjacent to a maintained grassland that offers a rich foraging area and which connects to suitable habitat on neighboring properties. The team uses the Cornell Nestwatch monitoring protocol to collect data every 7-10 days. Over the 2016 - 2019 nesting seasons, 60 chicks fledged from these boxes. 
  • In coordination with local biologist, the team mounted a peregrine falcon nesting structure on a high tower on the property. While it could take up to eight years for a falcon to find it, the nesting structure will provide an important shelter and breeding habitat for this important raptor species in the region.
  • Noting the suitable foraging habitat for Peregrine Falcons on site and nearby, the team built a nesting platform on a smoke stack in 2016. A biologist from the College of William and Mary gave advice about design and placement of the platform, and will be collecting information when a nesting pair uses the platform. The team observes the platform directly and with video camera.

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