Caution: Volunteers at Work!
While some Landings residents have seen a bit more traffic on the cart paths these days, observant residents will notice many of the carts sporting a blue and white Audubon Volunteer flag. That’s a Skidaway Audubon conservationist at work.
Skidaway Audubon volunteers are out in force at this time of year, implementing a variety of conservation programs. There are more than 40 Landings residents with Audubon Volunteer flags out and about these days, performing a variety of tasks.
Spring is Audubon’s busiest time of year. The bluebird trail keepers are especially busy, monitoring, cleaning, and repairing nearly 200 bird houses on all six golf courses.
The Diamondback Turtle Project volunteers also are working hard, collecting the eggs laid in the sand traps on Plantation, and periodically at select holes on Marshwood and Palmetto. The eggs then are transferred to the two turtle hatcheries on the Plantation course to protect them from predators.
Monarch Butterfly Trail volunteers currently are working on Palmetto to create a haven for monarchs and other pollinators in out-of-play areas. The effort is in response to a 90 percent decline in monarch populations in the last 20 years.
Bat house monitors hoping to reduce mosquito populations are servicing and monitoring bat houses on all of the golf courses, and Audubon’s “Tallow Terrors” scour the entire island looking for and removing invasive tallow trees on a weekly basis.
The volunteers’ cart flags are light blue with the Skidaway Audubon logo and “VOLUNTEER” in bold, dark, navy blue letters. If you see one, a friendly “Landings wave” always is welcomed, as the volunteers devote hours of time to protect, conserve, and enhance the community.
For information about Skidaway Audubon projects, or to provide support by becoming a Friends of Skidaway Audubon member, please visit skidawayaudubon.org.