Audubon International’s Global Nature Competition is back. BioBlitz is a free event designed to showcase the environmental value of natural habitats on golf courses. The environmental nonprofit’s 4th Annual BioBlitz will run from April 21st- May 13th(Earth Day through 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 our 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 environment 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 in Lake Worth, Florida, the 2017 winner in the Community Engagement Award for most participants, did last year.
“We struck on a really good relationship between our Earth Day golf tournament and BioBlitz which allowed us to involve staff, volunteers and players in a fun day of golf, environmental outreach and friendly competition,” said Phil Henry, PGA Golf Course Manager.
“Our participants and staff love this event and I am glad it is continuing this year,” said Yank Moore, Conservation Coordinator at Jekyll Island Club in the Golden Isles of Georgia, the winner of the Biodiversity Award for the greatest number of species counted. Volunteers at the Club spotted, identified and listed a total of 532 species.
Awards will be given this year for Most Species, Most Participants and Best Photo. Following BioBlitz, Audubon International will compile the list of plant and animal species recorded and report on the findings.
To register for BioBlitz and receive your free toolkit, please visit 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 management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services and a set of award-winning education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments and entire communities. For more information please visit www.AudubonInternational.org.