Bacardi Bottling Corporation
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Certified Silver through 2022
NWS Grass & Wildflowers
Song Bird Nesting Boxes
Mexican free-tailed bat
About the Program
The Bacardi Bottling Corporation site in Jacksonville includes native grassland and wildflower habitats across 22 acres, along with projects targeting the conservation of native pollinator, bird, and bat species. The following projects have benefited from ongoing employee engagement and valuable collaborations with local biologists, Duval Audubon Society, Florida Bat Networking Group, and Jacksonville Zoo.
Practices and Impacts
- The team manages 22 acres of native grasses and wildflowers with annual mowing and planting to promote habitat for pollinators and other wildlife, and following successful growing seasons increased their planting and monitoring efforts in 2019.
- Eight bird boxes across the site provide nesting habitat for the local Eastern bluebird population, which has grown each year since installing the boxes. After relocating several boxes and adding predator guards, in the 2019 nesting season the site's bird boxes housed 43 fledglings. The team also contributes their monitoring data to NestWatch, a national bird monitoring program.
- The team also monitors three bat boxes across the site to conserve the native Mexican free-tailed bat, evening bats and tri-colored bats. The boxes provide roosting habitat for these species, and in partnership with local researchers, year-round monitoring activities recorded 2,215 bat calls, including from the target species.
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