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Here you can find all the latest Audubon International news! From the great environmental efforts of our members, to where we will be next, to helpful tips you can apply at your golf course, you can find it all here.
  • 01/22/2018 9:02 AM | Alison Ritchie (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Cateechee Golf Club on the recent recertification as the only Certified Signature Sanctuary in the state of Georgia. Buck Workman, CGCS, superintendent since the course joined the Signature Program in 1997, welcomed a new owner in 2017, Charley and Kelli Schell of Pilot Realty Investment. Since then, the course has undergone renovations including converting putting greens from L93/Crenshaw Bent grass to Mini Verde ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass. This turf species is better adapted to the North Georgia climate and to the high sodium effluent irrigation water used at Cateechee.

    Read about this and the new undertaking at Cateechee where they calculated their Carbon Footprint and provided those results in a Case Study written by Buck’s son, J.B.

  • 01/03/2018 11:51 AM | Allie Eustis (Administrator)

    All individual Environmental Leaders in Golf award winners are superintendents at Audubon International member courses

    18 of 19 ELGA Chapter & Merit award winners also at Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Courses 

    TROY, NY –  Audubon International is pleased to announce that superintendents at its Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary member courses won all of the individual awards at the 2017 GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. 

    Boundary Oak Golf Course, Walnut Creek CA

    Congratulations to top award winners:

    • Anthony Williams of the Four Seasons Golf & Sports Club, Irving TX: Overall and National Private Course Winner. TPC Four Seasons certified ACSP since 2012.
    • Jay Neunsinger of Boundary Oak Golf Course, Walnut Creek CA: National Public Course Winner. Certified ACSP since 2012.
    • Scott Main of Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course, Kohala Coast HI: National Resort Course Winner. ACSP member since 2016. 

    “We send our hearty congratulations to all of these Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program members on their awards. Audubon International is proud that our certification standards are playing such an important role in helping golf courses preserve biological diversity at a time when the rates of species extinction and habitat loss are at an unprecedented high,” said Executive Director Christine Kane. “Our members are contributing to a world-wide system of lands that are being managed for water conservation, wildlife habitat and natural resource preservation.”

    The Environmental Leaders in Golf awards recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach, and leadership. 

  • 11/30/2017 11:30 AM | Alison Ritchie (Administrator)

    Kohanaiki Golf Club, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, is the only Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary in Hawaii. Its stewards continue their work to improve habitat for the endangered Ae’o. See what progress they have made in 2017 in this article written by Nancy Richardson, Director of Signature and Classic Programs, and Joe Przygodzinski, Director of Agronomy at Kohanaiki. Click here to read more!

  • 10/02/2017 12:26 PM | Alison Ritchie (Administrator)

    Colbert Hills Golf Course is an Audubon International Certified Silver Signature Sanctuary, the only certified Signature Sanctuary in the state of Kansas. It was recently featured in Kansas Senator Jerry Moran's annual "Conservation Tour" and showcased for its commitment to sustainable management through Best Management Practices. Read about the visit here!

  • 09/05/2017 12:37 PM | Allie Eustis (Administrator)

    Hundreds of Volunteers Converge on Golf Courses for International Species-Counting Competition

    Golf courses around the world join third annual competition to document large diversity of species that call golf courses home

    Best Photograph Winner: The Bobcat, The Villages, FL (Photo credit: Tom Lamb)

    TROY, NY – Audubon International’s BioBlitz 2017 recorded almost 2,000 unique species of animals, plants, fungi, and insects living on golf courses around the world. Hundreds of enthusiastic community volunteers, ranging from school groups to birding clubs to professional naturalists, gathered at local events between March 20th and June 21st to discover and document the species inhabiting these important green spaces.

    Christine Kane, Executive Director at Audubon International, says, “It’s wonderful to see so many golf courses around the world embracing BioBlitz as a fun and exciting way to help people spend time outdoors and learn about their local environment.”

    Now in its third year, Audubon International’s BioBlitz creates an opportunity for school children, community members, golfers, and more to take a closer look at the habitats provided on golf courses. In addition to demonstrating the large diversity of species on golf courses, the competition also engages local interest and support of the green space and recreational opportunities they provide to their towns. Participants from North America to South Africa competed for three awards for most species counted, most participants, and best photo.

    “Our participants and staff love this event and hope it continues in the coming years,” said Yank Moore, Conservation Coordinator at Jekyll Island Club, GA, the winner of the Biodiversity Award for the greatest number of species counted. Volunteers at the course spotted, identified, and listed a total of 532 species.

    Park Ridge Golf Course, FL received the Community Engagement Award for having the most participants, with a total of 144 volunteers assisting with the species count and identification. When asked about the success of their event, Phil Henry, Golf Course Manager, responded, “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.”

    The Villages in Florida, one of four new sites to participate this year, won the Best Photograph contest with a spectacular photo of a bobcat. "We are delighted that this honor comes to Tom Lamb, a resident of The Villages and member of the photo club. It is particularly gratifying that his photo in this international contest draws attention to the efforts we have made over the years to make this community an environmentally sensitive one that is a good place to live for wildlife as well as our human residents," said John Rohan, Director of Recreation for The Villages.

    Visit to see more photos from the competition and a full listing of first, second, and third place in each category.  

    About Audubon International

    Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources, thus leading to more sustainable communities. 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.

    For more information, contact us at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, (518)767-9051,, or visit the website at


  • 08/11/2017 1:18 PM | Alison Ritchie (Administrator)

    This article deals with climate change and how the prevalence of more violent storms impacts nitrogen levels in waterways.

    Click here to learn how excess nitrogen runoff and global warming are contributing to a significant environmental challenge: algae blooms.

  • 08/07/2017 3:56 PM | Allie Eustis (Administrator)

    Check out this article in the GCSAA magazine on ACSP for Golf members Tanasi and Toqua Golf Courses at Tellico Village, TN. 

    The courses received recognition for Environmental Planning last month, and are working towards becoming Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. They have already begun the process of increasing naturalized areas and installing bluebird boxes to provide enhanced habitat for animal species found on the courses.

    Congratulations to both courses, and we look forward to seeing you both certified soon!

  • 08/04/2017 11:48 AM | Alison Ritchie (Administrator)

    A story of one golf course’s efforts to support the game and local charities while staying connected to the role of the golf course and golf course staff in taking care of the environment and being environmental stewards.

    Read about the efforts of the JBLM golf courses - both Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries - to increase environmental awareness.

  • 07/28/2017 9:14 AM | Alison Ritchie (Administrator)

    Golf courses are good stewards of the environment. Learn more about how golf courses are carefully monitoring their use of water to provide a playing surface that is sustainable for the facility and enjoyable for the golfer. Check out this infographic from the USGA!

  • 07/24/2017 2:06 PM | Jessica Latus (Administrator)

    United and Audubon International are working together to relocate birds-of-prey to safer habitats and help reduce damage to aircraft

    NEW YORK, July 24, 2017 – United Airlines and its award-winning Eco-Skies program are teaming up with Audubon International, the not-for-profit environmental education organization dedicated to sustainable natural resource management, to protect raptors – including hawks, ospreys and owls – in and around New York- area airports and resettle the birds-of-prey at suitable golf course habitats where the species are more likely to thrive. 

    The United Eco-Skies Raptor Relocation Program, which the airline plans to launch at Newark Liberty International Airport later this month, will protect at-risk and threatened species such as the American kestrel by transporting the raptors to golf courses certified within the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. As the official airline of the PGA TOUR®, United is uniquely positioned to help identify suitable golf course habitats with Audubon International for relocation purposes and help inform the public on the importance of environmental sustainability.

    Additionally, United and Audubon International will work closely with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which partners with other agencies to safely capture threatened birds at New York-area airports.

    “Audubon International is excited to be working with United Airlines’ Eco-Skies program on the Raptor Relocation Program,” said Christine Kane, Audubon International’s executive director. “Thousands of golf courses across the world have adopted environmentally sustainable property management practices that support wildlife habitat through our Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Bringing this all together to provide safe, high-quality habitat for raptors is a great success.” 

    “The presence of wildlife at our airports can pose a challenge to pilots operating commercial aircraft,” said Laura Francoeur, the Port Authority’s chief wildlife biologist. “The agency implements wildlife management measures to reduce these challenges, and we continue to work with our airline partners and organizations such as United and Audubon International to ensure safe operations while protecting nature.”  

    “Together with our partners at Audubon International and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, we are developing innovative ways to protect our environment and provide sanctuary for birds-of-prey that otherwise would be living near New York-area airports,” said Angela Foster-Rice, United's managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability. “The Raptor Relocation Program will help minimize risk to wildlife, reduce damage to aircraft and enable us to operate more efficiently within some of the world’s busiest airspace.”

    United’s Eco-Skies program represents the company’s commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to create a sustainable future. In January, Air Transport World (ATW) magazine named United the Eco-Airline of the Year for the second time since the airline launched the Eco-Skies program.

     In 2016, United made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights out of its hub in Los Angeles. The airline also invested $30 million in U.S.-based alternative aviation fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., which represented the single largest investment by any airline globally in alternative fuels. Last year, United became first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier’s international premium cabin amenity kits by partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.

    Additionally, as part of United’s commitment to operating an environmentally friendly and responsible airline, the carrier added a carbon footprint measurement to its 2017 Global Performance Commitment. United is committing to achieving a lower gross carbon footprint than its two largest U.S.-based competitors this year, as measured by carbon dioxide-equivalent per available seat-mile.

    For more information on United’s commitment to environmental sustainability, visit

    About United

    United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 748 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 475 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to more than 190 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “UAL”.

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