Thursday, December 13, 2012

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses

Bay Oaks Country Club is in the process of becoming a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  The press release below outlines the program and our club involvement.  Thus far we have applied for certification in the areas of: Wildlife & Habitat Management, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation and Water Quality Management.  Listed here are a few of the things we have done to further our environmental conservation efforts:
- implemented minimal maintenance techniques on out of play areas, including shorelines
- 30 min environmental conservation classes with Jr. Camps over the summer each week
- installed a Garden with the help of the Bay Oaks Garden Club
- performed a bird survey with member and non-member help
- ongoing wildlife survey
- designated wildlife habitat areas on the golf course
- recycled old tires
- implemented recycling program for Golf Course Maintenance in addition to the recycling taking place already at the club
-fertilizer applied through the irrigation system to the golf course which is much more efficient than granular applications
-mulching tree debri for use on site
-leave dead trees standing where not a safety hazard to provide wildlife habitat

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