Between fiscal years 2017 and 2021, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) will:
Participate in regional biodiversity activities that support wildlife corridors (on track)
Seventeen Toyota sites across North America have planted pollinator gardens to nurture monarch butterflies and other pollinator species. All 17 gardens are along the monarch migration path. The gardens provide food and shelter to the butterflies at various stages of their life cycle as they make their way south for the winter, then return in the spring.
Toyota and the Monarch Migration
The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration. Monarchs from the eastern part of North America migrate to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico, while those from west of the Rocky Mountain range overwinter in California. Some migration routes are as long as 3,000 miles. It can take as long as two months for a monarch to complete the journey south.
Toyota hopes to help the monarchs by offering these colorful commuters a “pollinator pit stop” on their trip south in the Fall and north in the Spring. Toyota has 17 facilities with pollinator gardens located along the monarch’s migration pathway.
- The assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario
- The assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario
- The assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana
- The assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky
- The assembly plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi
- The assembly plant in San Antonio, Texas
- The aluminum alloy wheel plant in Delta, British Columbia
- The powertrain plant in Huntsville, Alabama
- The powertrain plant in Buffalo, West Virginia
- The aluminum casting plant in Jackson, Tennessee
- The aluminum casting plant in Troy, Missouri
- The production engineering and manufacturing center in Georgetown, Kentucky
- TMNA‘s headquarters campus in Plano, Texas
- Toyota Canada’s head office in Toronto, Ontario
- The Supplier Center in York Township, Michigan
- The R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan
- The parts distribution center in Boston, Massachusetts
Team members at Toyota Canada‘s head office in Toronto planted a pollinator garden in April 2019 as part of Earth Month and were excited to see monarch butterflies visiting the milkweed only a few months later!
New gardens that support monarchs and other pollinators planted recently include four gardens planted at the R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan; a garden planted at the aluminum alloy wheel plant in Delta, British Columbia; and a garden planted at Toyota Canada‘s head office.