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Monarch Butterfly Project at The Landings Entering Its 7th Year

By Fitz Clarke, Citizen Scientist

Fitz MonarchsIn 2008- 2009, I became interested in the Monarch butterfly that I was observing in small numbers at the Landing’s Sparrow Field and about the island, mainly within the yard of Landing’s resident Sandra Wolf whose side and rear yard contained large amounts of the Milkweed species, Tropical or Mexican Milkweed(Asclepias curassavica).  I became a contributor to the Annenberg Learner Foundation “Monarch Journey North,” reporting and documenting by photographs the Monarch sightings here at the Landings, Skidaway Island, Savannah, Chatham County, GA.

During this period I became aware of Project Monarch Health and the research being conducted by Dr Sonia Altizier into a protozoan parasite, Ophryocystis elektroscirrha)(OE), an obligate protozoan parasite responsible for the deaths of the Monarch butterfly . Read more

Diamondback Terrapin Update

The Landings, Deer Creek Recognized for Environmental Excellence by Audubon International

Click Here to view the Re-certification announcement

Past President of Skidaway Audubon honored at May 9th tournament

Jerriann Kirkwood headed Skidaway Audubon for six years during the transformation of the committee into a not-for-profit board. Among the many initiatives undertaken during her tenure, the building of Skidaway Farms, our community garden, was most notable. Jerriann, as was noted at the gate opening of the farm in February of this year, served as the champion of the project from inception through completion. A framed original photograph by Hank Croci from The Landings Company 2011 calendar was given to her. All profits from sales of the calendar were donated to Skidaway Audubon by The Landings Company.

2014 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

2014 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner,   Tom Rood. Tom Rood, golfer, fisherman, environmentalist and conservationist is the recipient of the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award. Among his many achievements Tom as past president of CCA Skidaway, joined forces with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to replenish the oyster beds at a number of locations, including Tybee Island, Richmond Hill and this year’s placement alongside the Oatland Island Wildlife Center.  In addition, in 2013 CCA of Georgia was instrumental in the passage of the House Bill 36 in the Georgia legislature. The bill provides “gamefish” status for the red fish, the first salt water fish with this protection. Tom is currently Chairman of CCA Georgia State Board of Directors. We can expect to hear much more about the successes and accomplishments of our island angler and golfer

Tom Rood, 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

Tom Rood, golfer, fisherman, environmentalist and conservationist is the recipient of the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award. Among his many achievements Tom as past president of CCA Skidaway, joined forces with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to replenish the oyster beds at a number of locations, including Tybee Island, Richmond Hill and this year’s placement alongside the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. In addition, in 2013 CCA of Georgia was instrumental in the passage of the House Bill 36 in the Georgia legislature. The bill provides “gamefish” status for the red fish, the first salt water fish with this protection. Tom is currently Chairman of CCA Georgia State Board of Directors. We can expect to hear much more about the successes and accomplishments of our island angler and golfer

Leaders Urged to Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat

New York Times Article- February 14, 2014

Migration of Monarch Butterflies Shrinks Again Under Inhospitable Conditions

New York Times Article – January 30, 2014

Environmental Stewardship at the Landings: A Priority That Defines Us

A review of a 16-year partnership with Audubon International, Landings Club and Landings Association professionals and residental volunteers to sustain and enhance the environment of The Landings.

By Dick Miller, Chairman of Audubon Committee 1999-2001. Click Here to Read More

2013 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

2013 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner, Chuck Smith

2013 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner, Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith, avid fisherman, outdoorsman, conservationist and long-time Landings resident, has a lifetime concern for the environment. Chuck was chair of Skidaway Audubon when the final two of our six golf courses became certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries in 2002 and remained on the committee until January 2013 all in all a 14-year tenure. He garnered support for Audubon recertification every two years of all six golf courses, the Lagoon Beautification Project, the restoration of the sparrow field and development of the nature trail.

He is a prodigious fundraiser and has helped raise $180,000 for local fishing programs and lagoon projects and $450,000 at the annual CCA banquet for Georgia state environmental programs.

Got Milkweed ?

Notice from Fitz Clarke:

See below for a heads up from “Journey North” alerting us that the Monarchs have departed their overwintering sites in Mexico.

Our Milkweed, mainly Asclepias curassavica here on Skidaway Island is breaking the surface and will be ready for their arrival. Of course we have been fortunate to have had a goodly number to over winter at the Skidaway Island, Landing’s  Sparrow Field.   They are currently to be observed daily about the 3 1/4 acre field.

The link below is an interesting site and I recommend you click upon it when you have a moment:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Journey-North/314289124930

Hello from Journey North!

Here they come! Monarchs have left the overwintering sites and are appearing on the breeding grounds to the north. According to our observers, monarchs may already have spread more than 1,000 miles from the overwintering sites in Mexico. Our northernmost reports this week came from Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The monarchs will be looking for milkweed to lay their eggs. Has your milkweed EMERGED yet? Have you seen your first monarch? Will you let me know by reporting to our site: http://www.learner.org/jnorth

Or emailing me directly?(If you’ve already reported, please check your milkweed for eggs!)

Because the monarch over-wintering population was at an all time low, it’s going to be a bit harder this year to spot them. Keep your eyes open for monarchs!

Thanks for your help!

Cindy @ Journey North
Plant it and they will come

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