Bayer

Waterman Monarch and Pollinator Project

Waterman, Illinois, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Retention Pond
Wetlands & Water Bodies
About the Program
The Bayer Waterman Monarch and Pollinator Project is located in Waterman, approximately 70 miles west of Chicago within the Kishwaukee River watershed. At the site, the team runs two projects, both sharing the objective of increasing habitat to support pollinator populations. The project sites included landscaped gardens and a wetland, covering an area of over an acre and accessible to employees and visitors. The sites contain a diversity of native plants valuable to pollinators, providing both nectar and host plants. 

Practices and Impacts
  • Employees participate in the annual controlled burns, weed control activities, planting or replanting areas as needed, and monitoring of plants and pollinators.
  • The habitat is managed for successful prevention of spread of non-native plants to maintain a high quality habitat for wildlife. 
  • Employees conduct an annual inventory of plants in the wetland. Plants are identified by species, whether or not they are native, and percent cover is recorded.
  • Since 2016, the percentage of milkweed and other native flowering plants have increased, and nonnative plants decreased, improving habitat for native pollinators.

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