Our name is a result of our affilitation with Audubon International, the originator 20 years ago of a certification program for golf courses. Fewer than 5% of the golf courses in the U.S. are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, a rigorous multi-pronged program that this organization oversees, “designed to help golf courses protect our natural environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game.” Even among the 1900 golf courses participating in the program, only 38% have reached certification. (You can find details about the program at The Landings Club under Golf.)
All six courses of The Landings Club have been certified since 2002; however the process does not end with certification. Each course must be recertified every two years. Certification is a cooperative effort of the leadership of The Landings Club, spearheaded by Tyson Helsel, Director of Golf Course Maintenance North, and Skidaway Audubon Committee volunteers Caryl Warner, George Word and Chuck Smith.
We are sometimes confused with the Audubon Society, which is Ogeechee Audubon in our area. We greatly esteem this affiliate of the national society and are pleased when our paths and purposes cross, but we are a separate organization
Chris Steigelman with Audubon International at the annual 2019 Georgia Environmental Conference
A review of a 16-year partnership with Audubon International, Landings Club, Landings Association and resident volunteers to sustain and enhance the environment of The Landings by Dick Miller, Chairman of Audubon Committee 1999-2001 can be downloaded here
Landings Bird Cam
Tallow Tree Program
Friends of Skidaway Audubon
Sparrow Field Pollinator Garden
Diamondback Terrapin Rescue
Our primary source of funding is the annual golf tournament held each year in late spring. The tournament scheduled for May 2021 will mark Skidaway Audubon’s 22nd annual fundraiser. The event features three divisions; women’s, men’s and mixed. Players compete on two or more courses and the event concludes with Happy Hour to celebrate and award prizes to the winners in each division. We also take this opportunity to recognize a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to protecting and enhancing the conservation efforts within the community. We honor this individual with the Skidaway Audubon Environmental Stewardship Award for the year.
Tournament registration fees are tax deductible to the extent allowed. Donations and hole sponsorships are fully tax deductible.
Golf Tournament Chairs
2021 Bonnie Kelley, Eddie Ambrose and Caroline Ambrose
2020 COVID cancellation
2019 Terri Breyman and Renee Garcia
2018 John & Marianne Kosiewicz and Sam & Bobbi Thios
2017 Mike and Barbara Werneke
2016 Betsy Bratz
2015 Milda and Terry Blaney
2014 Muffin and Mike King
This fundraiser, along with ongoing contributions, will help Skidaway Audubon continue its efforts dedicated to conserving and enhancing the natural resources and environment on our island