Ducks live in reused Chevy Volt battery covers and other intersting tidbits from GM

It's Turkey Day here in the U.S., so why not a post about ducks? Well, a post that mentions ducks, at least.

It turns out that old Chevy Volt battery covers are being reused as wood duck nesting boxes at GM's Milford, MI Proving Ground. That's just one of the wildlife-friendly tidbits that GM talks about in its announcement that six new GM facilities have been given Wildlife Habitat Council certification "for creating or enhancing wildlife habitats on their grounds." This puts GM's total at 21, which it says is the most among all automakers.

Here are more examples of GM new efforts to make little creatures happy on places where it does the dirty work of producing vehicles: nesting boxes for Eastern Blue Birds have been installed at the Arlington, TX Assembly plant; trees have been planted and local school children helped "creating habitats for amphibians and small mammals" at the CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario and lots of educational programs have taken place at various sites. You can see the full list after the jump. Now, go enjoy that bird.

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GM Plant Sites Certifiably Kind to Their Habitats

21 Wildlife Habitat Council certifications globally lead all automotive manufacturers

DETROIT – Six General Motors facilities globally are joining 15 others in earning the Wildlife Habitat Council certification for creating or enhancing wildlife habitats on their grounds. With 21 certified programs, GM leads all automotive manufacturers.

GM incorporates elements like walking trails, native tree plantings, butterfly gardens, rain gardens to control storm water runoff, restored prairie and wetlands, and bat and duck nesting boxes. It works with the nonprofit WHC to encourage habitat management and environmental education at its sites.

The Wildlife at WorkSM and Corporate Lands for LearningSM certification programs recognize companies that establish community education about conservation. Features of GM's new certifications include:

· Inviting local schools to educational activities, creating habitats for amphibians and small mammals, and planting 1,800 trees and 1,500 bushes at the CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, where the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are produced.

· Encouraging community members to participate in conservation activities, such as constructing and installing bird nesting boxes for Eastern Blue Birds at the Arlington, Texas Assembly plant, home of full-size SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.

· Incorporating site-based conservation education and planting native trees at Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Md., where electric motors will be produced next year in addition to two-mode hybrid drivetrains.

· Reusing Chevrolet Volt battery covers for wood duck nesting boxes and involving local experts in their efforts at Milford, Mich. Proving Ground.

· Inviting local schools to participate in site-based events such as planting native trees at the Gravataí, Brazil Plant, which builds the Chevrolet Celta and Prisma.

· Teaching students about environmental issues through music, theater, and lectures, and offering employees bi-weekly environmental education at the São José dos Campos, Brazil Plant, where the Chevrolet Corsa, Classic, Blazer, S10 pickup, Meriva and Zafira are built.

"We find General Motors' environmental leadership commendable and hope other companies follow their lead," said Wildlife Habitat Council President Robert Johnson. "WHC congratulates GM for its commitment and contributions to wildlife habitat enhancement, community outreach, and conservation education."

WHC's program recognizes outstanding wildlife habitat management and environmental education efforts at corporate sites, and offers third-party validation of the benefits of such programs. Certification requirements are strict and require that sites apply for periodic renewal.

Six other GM facilities achieved Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning recertification, having continued their successful wildlife habitat management programs.

"This commitment presents significant benefits to the environment, as well as our employees," said Susan Kelsey, a GM Environmental Group facilities manager. "It gives them a place to find relaxation, harness creativity and have a tangible, positive impact on the local community."

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