We are thrilled to announce that registration is open for BioBlitz 2017! BioBlitz is a species-counting competition designed to create awareness among golfers and the general public about the environmental value of the habitats supported by golf courses. The program is open to any golf course worldwide, including those unaffiliated with Audubon International.
A golf course may invite any number of participants such as golfers and their families, local environmental organizations, youth groups, community members, and local experts to count plant and animal species located on the property. Awards will be given in the categories of Most Species, Most Participants, and Best Photo. Following BioBlitz, Audubon International will compile the lists of plant and animal species recorded and report on the findings.
Click here to register your course!
In 2016, 33 courses across the world to participated, and found a total number of 3118 unique species and 1274 total participants. Total species, which included animals, plants, fungi and insects increased by 40% from 2015's BioBlitz total, and the number of participants increased by an incredible 78%! Winners from 2016 were as follows:
1st Place with 910 Species: Venice Golf & Country Club, FL, USA
2nd Place with 526 Species: Naples Lakes Country Club, FL, USA
3rd Place with 430 Species: Jekyll Island Club, GA, USA
1st Place with 161 People: Jekyll Island Club, GA, USA
2nd Place with 121 people: Park Ridge Golf Club, FL, USA
3rd Place with 110 People: Southwinds Golf Course, FL, USA
Best Photo Contest
1st Place with the Florida Softshell Turtle: Shadow Wood Country Club, FL, USA
2nd Place with the Great Egret Chicks: Jekyll Island Club, GA, USA
3rd Place with the Barred Owl: TPC Deere Run, IL, USA
See the slideshow below for 2016 BioBlitz Photo Contest Runner Ups, and 2015 Photo Contest Participants.