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National Wildlife Federation David Mizejewski presents Gardening for Wildlife May 5, 2019

On May 5th, Friends of Skidaway Audubon and the Landings Garden Club will be hosting a presentation by David Mizejewski from The National Wildlife Federation.

David is a naturalist, television personality and a well-known and acclaimed spokesperson for NWF. His topic for our presentation will be “Gardening for Wildlife”. He points out that the need to restore wildlife habitat in our cities, towns and neighborhoods is greater than ever. The Monarch butterfly population has plummeted, as have populations of many native bees. New classes of pesticides have emerged posing additional risks to wildlife. Many songbird and amphibian species continue to decline and today we face an unprecedented wildlife crisis, with one third of American species at risk of extinction in the coming decades. What can we do to help?  David will give us some suggestions and answer questions you may have concerning your own garden. He will also explain how we can have our gardens certified by NWF as wildlife sanctuaries.

Please join us for this special event in the Plantation Club ballroom.  This event is free to members of Friends of Skidaway Audubon and the Landings Garden Club.  Non-members will be $10.00 at the door

Doors open at 4:30 PM.  Please join us for light hors d’oeuvres and one of the Signature Skidaway Audubon drinks at the member/cash bar.  Experience the Bee Sting, Milkweed Martini, or the non-alcohol Pollinators Punch.  David Mizejewski’s presentation will start at 5:00PM.

An opportunity to purchase David’s newest book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, Expanded Second Edition and book signing will take place immediately after the presentation at 6:00pm.

Earth day Celebration at Picnic in the Park on April 20, 2019

To celebrate Earth Day,  The Friends of Skidaway Audubon will have an area at Picnic in the Park sponsored by the TLA on April 20, 2019  where the  kids can make Seed Balls to attract Butterflies and Birds to their own pollinator garden.  Just throw the seed ball in your garden and watch the flowers grow, then watch the butterflies show up

Victory Garden co owner  Kerry Shay and staff will show us how to make the seed balls.  Victory Gardens will also have some 4 inch pollinator plants for sale.

Please join us at the Picnic in the Park from 11:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday,  April  20th.  This event is free to all.

Donations to Friends of Skidaway  are welcome

To learn more about seed balls  visit  https://www.audubon.org/news/making-seed-balls-help-birds

Path to Certification

FIRST THE SIX GOLF COURSES WERE CERTIFIED, NOW IT’S THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY

The Landings on Skidaway Island, a Certified Sustainable Community, first in Georgia

 

Twenty years ago, The Landings Club executive staff turned to a group of resident volunteers and asked them to explore the value of an environmental certification program being run by Audubon International. Within four years, by 2002, all six of the club’s golf courses on Skidaway Island, located 12 miles southeast of Savannah, were certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. Today the Troy, NY-based not for profit works all over the world with nearly half of Golf Digests top 100 courses involved and 27 certified, according to Marcus Grey who leads the golf course certification program.

What certification has meant for The Landings Club is a fascinating and ever-growing list of projects on its six courses, all taking advantage of out of play areas. These include the longest monitored bluebird trail in the Southeast and the largest terrapin turtle rescue program on the East Coast, a pollinator berm garden that provides a habitat for monarch research with University of Georgia and University of Minnesota, a community garden with beds for 150 farmers on the site of a former sod farm and The Landings bird cam which streams nesting raptors 24/7 in cooperation with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

All projects are spearheaded by volunteers with funding from Skidaway Audubon, an on-island conservation organization that was launched as a committee of the club to secure certification. The Landings Club course maintenance professionals provide manpower whenever needed and the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association and its Environmental Foundation have both supported and publicized many initiatives.

Skidaway Audubon took its successful work with the club and, with encouragement from the founder of Audubon International during an onsite visit ten years ago, began to expand with projects for the entire Landings community. Volunteers worked alongside the professionals at The Landings Association, the communities governing body, with an environmental manager playing a key role. Out of this collaboration came a recycling center, a native plant trail, a campaign to eliminate an invasive species, the Chinese tallow tree, and water conservation initiatives. Five years ago the decision was made to take it a step further and pursue certification in Audubon International’s Community Sustainability Program.

In February, 2018, after completing work in 15 different focus areas and building a long term plan, The Landings on Skidaway Island was designated as a Certified Sustainable Community, the first in Georgia.

Steven Freund, Executive Director of The Landings Club, lauds the effort, ”Sustainable living in a sustainable community is a reflection of the sensibilities of our residents and members and the right thing to do.”

 

Among the many projects completed as part of the community-wide certification initiative was the installation of interpretive signage at a tabby-walled cemetery that dates back to the time of the American Revolution, a piece of history on club property, adjacent to a green on one of the six courses, and carefully protected through the years.

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

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