The Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina and its Owners & Tenants, through the environment @rtp program, is committed to developing the Park in a way that also recognizes and respects the existing ecosystem and natural features that make this region so sought-after. Consulting with specialists on animal habitats and migration patterns, the Foundation has installed a variety of structures to celebrate the Park’s native wildlife, which includes more than 100 species of birds and a variety of turtles.
While walking the Park’s Bluebird Trail, you’ll see 40 nesting boxes that are actively monitored for new guests. In addition to bluebirds, the houses have been roosts for Carolina Chickadees, House Wrens and even flying squirrels. At the Park’s lakes and ponds, you’ll see similar structures for wood ducks and bats, as well as gardens designed to attract various butterfly species.
Many companies that call RTP home have also committed to considering the sustainability and impact of their landscapes, prioritizing the use of drought- and disease-resistant plants that require less chemical treatment and water to maintain.
The “Wildlife and Industry Together” (W.A.I.T.) certification by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation is presented to companies that provide environmental education to employees and invest in wildlife habitat enhancements. To date, five organizations in the Research Triangle Park have been recognized for implementing W.A.I.T. initiatives:
- The Research Triangle Foundation
- The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)