Round Rock, Texas
Start Date: October 2015
Participants: 400 Local employees; 84,000 worldwide
Partners Engaged: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Background: BAE Systems, a military defense, electronics, and aerospace company has signed on as one of the first Monarch Wrangler corporate partners. Paula Mondebello, Senior Communications Representative at BAE Systems, championed the partnership. “BAE Systems is pleased to be among the first corporate partners to participate in Texan by Nature’s Monarch Wrangler initiative,” Mondebello said. “The opportunity to engage our employees and create Monarch habitat on our own corporate campus to benefit this iconic species is directly in line with our values as a company and our commitment to the communities where we live and work.”
Project: As part of their TxN Certification project, BAE Systems is aiding essential monarch habitat by planting pollinator gardens, removing invasive species, and restoring native grasses on their privately owned campus. Project initiatives include invasive species removal, native pollinators plots, rainwater and ac condensate collection, demonstration gardens, predator control, habitat control, erosion control, seedball distribution, employee education and testing program, monarch shelters, and census.
BAE Systems employees have participated in seedball-making sessions, fostering the growth of pollinator-friendly Texas natives, and have enjoyed working with Texan by Nature to learn the difference between invasive and native species. The company expects to see an uptick in monarch appearances on their campus (along with employee smiles), as well as a long-term cost savings in grounds management.
In the News: Recently, BAE’s environmental team at the Austin Campus were awarded top employee honors for their project and recognized globally by BAE as a leading campus in conservation during 2018 World Environment Day!
Employee volunteers at our Austin Business Center in Texas are helping the environment by removing invasive plant species on campus to draw pollinators and wildlife such as the Monarch butterfly. #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/VSkyEJSaxx
— BAE Systems (@BAESystemsplc) June 5, 2018
Texan by Nature looks forward to keeping you updated on BAE Systems campus-wide native habitat restoration efforts!