Environmental nonprofit Audubon International introduces the first global Golf Course BioBlitz, a free program for golf courses, which will run the week of Earth Day, April 19-25, 2015.

BioBlitz is a species counting competition designed to creaBioBlitzLogote awareness among golfers and the community about the environmental value of the habitats supported by golf courses. The program, sponsored by the United States Golf Association, is open to any golf course worldwide including those unaffiliated with Audubon International.

“How many species can you count? When we’re done, we’ll have a great idea about the wildlife, plant-life, and ecosystems that golf courses support around the globe,” said Doug Bechtel, executive director of Audubon International. “A BioBlitz is also a great way for golf courses to bring naturalists and families out to see the natural beauty golf courses provide in their towns.”

A golf course may invite any number of participants such as golfers and their families, local environmental organizations, youth groups, community members, and local experts to count plant and animal species located on the property. Awards will be given in the categories of Most Species, Most Participants, and Best Photo. Following BioBlitz, Audubon International will compile the lists of plant and animal species recorded and report on the findings.

To register for BioBlitz 2015 and receive your free toolkit, please email Tara Pepperman at tara@auduboninternational.org. The deadline to register is April 17th.

 

The featured photo above is of the wetlands area of the Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Florida, which is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  Courtesy of Royal Poinciana Golf Club.