Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States
Certified through 2022
RTP Monarch Waystations
About the Program
The BASF Corporation's RTP program is located in Research Triangle, NC USA. The conservation objective is to create a habitat to sustain migratory Monarch butterflies through the creation of waystations that contain both larval hostplants (milkweed) and nectar- and pollen-rich flowers that bloom throughout the season to support adults. These habitats also support a vast array of important pollinator species including other butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, flies, and beetles.
Practices and Impacts
- The waystations are monitored by employee volunteers and a corporate landscaping company throughout the year. Plants are added/removed as needed. Weeding and pest control is done by hand. At the end of 2019, an irrigation system was added, and currently, watering is done as needed. The team added two additional waystations in 2020 for a total of six.
- Eggs, larvae, and adult Monarchs have been observed in all waystations. An abundance of pollinators (bees, wasps, butterflies, beetles, flies, etc.) are frequently observed in the gardens.
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