Audubon International is thrilled to announce the winners for BioBlitz 2018!
This year’s event, which was sponsored by the United States Golf Association (USGA), recorded over 2,000 unique species of animals, plants, fungi, and insects living on golf courses. Thousands of enthusiastic community volunteers, ranging from school groups to birding clubs to professional naturalists, gathered at local events between April 21st and May 13th to discover and document the species inhabiting these important green spaces.
Now in its fourth 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 compete for three awards for most species counted, most participants, and best photo.
Highlights from BioBlitz 2018 included:
- 100% increase in the average number of species counted since 2015
- 95% increase in total participants from 2017
- 85% increase in golf course participation from 2017
- 1st Place with 496 species: Naples Lakes Country Club, FL, USA
- 2nd Place with 449 species: Collier’s Reserve Country Club, FL, USA
- 3rd Place with 405 species: Pine Valley Golf Club, NJ, USA
- 1st Place with 242 people: Southwinds Golf Course, FL, USA
- 2nd Place with 160 people: Glencoe Golf Club, IL, USA
- 3rd Place with 146 people: Collier’s Reserve Country Club, FL, USA
Best Photo Contest
- 1st Place with the Hummingbird: Bay Oaks Country Club, TX, USA (Photo credit: Deborah Repasz)
- 2nd Place with the Sandhill Crane: Okeeheelee Golf Course, FL, USA (Photo credit: Gregg Steward)
- 3rd Place with the Flying Squirrel: Ironwood Golf Course, MI, USA (Photo credit: Kim Davidson)
For more updates, including a full slideshow of photo contest participants, please visit https://auduboninternational.org/BioBlitz2018.
We are so proud of the hard work those courses that participated in BioBlitz 2018 put in and are excited to continue this tradition and competition long into the future!