Audubon Certification and Information Central!
Below the Fold (Click Read More) you will find several articles and information regarding our move toward becoming Audubon Certified! Board Member Betsy Ovitt, along with several volunteers and staff, has been working diligently toward this goal since late winter.
Events “For The Birds”
We are having three activities in July for those of you who might be “for the birds”.
The first is a Bird House Building Party for the kids on Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 AM in the lobby. We have kits and will have ice cream sundaes as a reward for putting them together. Adults can help as well. Just show up and enjoy the fun.
Then on Sunday, July 19, it is a Bird Breakfast. Come at 6:30 AM (we are all getting up earlier since the sun rises in the middle of the night) and join us for a bird walk to see and hear the different birds that are on or near the course. Gather on the patio, bring you binocs and stay for breakfast.
Oh, that is too early for you? Then we are having one for you night owls (and we might hear the owls) on Saturday, July 25 at 8:00 PM. Come and have dinner at the club and we will gather on the patio at 8:00
You will be amazed at who else is enjoying our course besides us!!
Check back regularly for more information on upcoming events.
Why the Audubon Certification
by Betsy Ovitt
The idea of the Audubon Certification started in 2009. The Membership Committee first heard from members that the club was “too far out of town” when we did the Food and Beverage Survey. Back then before the new clubhouse, this reason also came up sometimes when members resigned.
The Membership Committee concluded, “We need to turn what is seen as a disadvantage into a benefit.” So the idea to develop Shadow Hills as a destination, a relief from the city, and a place in the country to relax was started. In other words, it was important to make our rural location a benefit and the drive out to the club worthwhile.
One of the ways to achieve this is the Audubon Certification. The project was put on the back burner until the clubhouse was finished. Now, with some of the best facilities in the Willamette Valley, we are going ahead to tout our location as a true country club.
We know many golf courses are not environmentally friendly, and we want to demonstrate that we are not in that group. Protecting and preserving the golf course is our main priority, but there are small things we can do to improve our environmental impact and preserve habitat for the birds. This seems to be the right thing to do.
We are so lucky….
By Betsy Ovitt
At 6:30 on a recent Sunday morning I walked a few holes with Kathy Lamberg, who is an amateur birder and is helping our Audubon team. She wanted to see the course and take an inventory of the birds that are now there. The morning was quiet except for all of the birds.
We started walking down number 10 and headed over to 12 where the bird calls were. The birds were very active early in the morning, and she felt like a kid in a candy store. Kathy would walk and stop and walk and stop as she called out the names of the birds she was hearing.
We headed over to 17 where there were a lot of noisy birds. We walked for an hour in total, and during that time she heard 25 different bird calls. We were able to see a number of them, include the Kildeer on 12 tee, Black Headed Grosbeak in the cherry tree to the right of 17, the Cedar Waxwing on 12, and the many Tree Swallows darting around 17 pond. Of course the goose family was out for a swim. She heard a Chipping Sparrow and Swainson’s Thrush, but they did not show themselves.
Kathy told me this is nesting season for many of these birds. So we might see them chasing one another as they try to protect their nests from raptors and larger birds. One thing I learned – our course is surrounded by natural habitat that supports bird life. I am thankful for no houses around the course. Though we are making small changes on the course, the surrounding area is a great benefit to the birds.
I have attached pictures and bird calls of some of the birds we heard, so you can see them and listen too.
In July we plan to organize an early morning bird walk and one in the evening, so you can see the course from a different perspective and appreciate the birds that share our space. We are so lucky to have such wonderful co-habitants.
The Birder’s Guide (a work in progress)
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO HEAR THE BIRD CALL