Audubon International’s Global Nature Competition Coming in April
BioBlitz is a free event designed to showcase the environmental value of natural habitats on golf courses
Audubon International’s 4th annual BioBlitz will run from April 21st through May 13th (Earth Day to World Migratory Bird Day).
“Each year, BioBlitz brings hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers from communities around the world together to document the large diversity of species that call golf courses home,” said Christine Kane, Executive Director of Audubon International. “Last year’s BioBlitz participants recorded almost 2,000 unique species of animals, plants, fungi, and insects on golf courses from North America to South Africa.”
This year’s free event is sponsored by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is open to any golf course worldwide. Participants such as golfers and their families, youth groups, community members, and local environmental experts gather to enjoy nature while counting plant and animal species located on each property. Many courses choose to host an event around Earth Day, which is what Park Ridge Golf Course, the 2017 winner of the Community Engagement Award for most participants, did last year. “We struck on a really good relationship between our yearly Earth Day golf tournament and BioBlitz which allowed us to involve staff, volunteers, and tournament participants in a fun day of golf, environmental outreach, and friendly competition,” said Phil Henry, Golf Course Manager.
Awards will be given for 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 2018 and receive your free toolkit, please visit https://auduboninternational.org/event-2813521.
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental organization providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.