I’m Bird Brained. Golf Course Certification from Audubon International

Mar 1, 2021 | Eco-friendly Golf Courses

I am an avid and novice bird watcher and in our Silver Lake neighborhood we have quite a few Great Horned Owls. They begin their distinctive hoot, hoot calls around sundown and can be seen high, high up in the tallest trees or telephone poles scouting the Silver Lake Resevoir open space for a tasty squirrel, mouse or rat. It’s breathtaking to see the fly silently overhead. While we have alot of birds in and around our golf course, we’d like to attract more numbers and variety. Planting trees and shrubs will help. So will getting certified with Audubon’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
Red whiskered bulbul

Red Whiskered Bulbul spotted in Silver Lake

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award-winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. The program is centered around six basic concepts: Environmental Assessment & Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Chemical Use Reduction & Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management, and Outreach & Education. Currently, they have about 2,000 golf courses who are members with just over 900 who hold certification indicating they are compliant with the six basic concepts indicated above. We hope to be one of the certified courses in the next 2-3 years.
The bird above is a red-whiskered bulbul, native to India. My friend, Samantha, and I couldn’t believe what we were seeing when a whole flock alighted in our neighbor’s tree. I ran to my bird identification book but couldn’t find it. That’s because they’re sort of newcomers to the area. Apparently, they escaped captivity and have made areas around the Los Angeles home. Here’s an article about them from Alhambra Source News, with lots of interesting information about their controversial status here.

About the Author

Pamela L Dreyfuss started her career as an actress, starring in a few films in the 1970s and 1980s. One film, Over the Edge, has reached the status of a 1970s classic. She went on to work as a screenwriter and freelance writer, while attending Pitzer College. Pamela has two wonderful children, one college graduate and the other currently in art school. A nature lover and avid bird watcher, she was influenced by her mother's early environmentalism. Pamela has been involved in grassroots environmental causes for years and sees 2021 as a breakout year for the chance to save our climate from disaster. Are you in?