Farmer City Pollinator Habitat
Farmer City, Illinois, United States
Certified through 2022
Farmer City Grassland Habitat
About the Program
The Bayer Crop Sciences Farmer City facility is located in southern Illinois. The site includes 5 acres of actively managed grassland prairie that provides habitat for native pollinators including birds and insects. This habitat is composed of native grasses, broadleaf forbs, wildflowers and a pond.
Practices and Impacts
- The team works to create grassland habitat for pollinators and shares the importance of wildlife habitat with other employees. Since its original application, the project has grown from 1 acre to 5.3 acres — the additional 4.3 acres was converted from eroded land on-site in 2020. The original acre of grassland has growing numbers of native plants and species diversity, and the new area is under active management to improve its habitat quality.
- The team’s pollinator project targets pollinator species including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The project has focused on fostering native plant diversity and providing pollinators with food, water and shelter. The team collects data on the plant and animal species present. This monitoring data is used to analyze success and determine how to improve the habitat.
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