Here you can find all the latest Audubon International news! From the great environmental efforts of our members, to where we will be next, to helpful tips you can apply at your golf course, you can find it all here.
  • 08/17/2015 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    TROY NY – Joanna B. Nadeau, Director of Community Programs at Audubon International in Troy, NY has achieved a career milestone by completing the rigorous requirements for certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She joins an elite membership of approximately 15,000 professional planners worldwide that hold AICP certification. The AICP certification is considered the professional standard for town and urban planning professionals. 

    Certified planners bring extra value to their employers and community, demonstrating a higher level of leadership, education and professionalism. As a certified planner, individuals are required to operate in a professional manner and uphold a code of ethics. Planners help government officials, business leaders, and citizens create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.

    Doug Bechtel, Executive Director of Audubon International, said, ”We are pleased that the American Institute of Certified Planners has recognized Ms. Nadeau’s accomplishments and planning expertise. This advances our ability to offer excellent technical assistance in planning and to maintain high standards for leading environmental sustainability efforts in communities and businesses.” 

    AICP certified planners must meet rigorous standards and maintain their expertise through continuing education and serving community interests. “Achieving AICP certification is not easy and requires a high level of personal and professional commitment,” said Felicia Braunstein, director of Professional Development for the American Planning Association (APA). “The certification demonstrates an individual’s credibility and knowledge, and serves as a standard for the planning profession.”

    APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic, and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. The American Institute of Certified Planners provides recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. For more information, visit

  • 07/21/2015 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    The month of July is focused on Family Golf, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to get outdoors with your loved ones for not only quality time together but also to show them the beautiful nature and wildlife that surrounds a golf course.  Many courses pride themselves on the variety of plants and animals that call their facilities home and encourage visitors to enjoy the natural setting surrounding the fairway.  At Audubon International (AI) we encourage you to participate in golf, especially at courses that are dedicated to maintaining an environmentally responsible course.

    First Let’s Talk Golf

    There are many dedicated golf course managers that offer family friendly promotions to encourage young people to get out on the course.   Throughout the month of July, PGA and LPGA Professionals at participating facilities nationwide offer reduced or no cost activities for golfers of all ages and skill levels.  In addition, Troon Golf is offering juniors free golf after 3 p.m. when playing with an adult. Juniors also are provided with complimentary Callaway Rental Clubs all day and complimentary instruction when taking a lesson with an adult.

    Another way to get your young golfers more engaged in the sport is by teaching them the importance of a sustainable course.  Audubon International has again partnered with The First Tee, with sponsorship from the Toro Foundation, to bring Live Green! programs to seven courses across the country in 2015. 

     “Live Green!” brings attention to the importance of caring for the environment. Through The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, health and wellness are the focus when teaching kids about the game of golf –lessons they can incorporate into their personal lives. The local First Tee Chapter encourages young people to explore the health of their community and discover how they can give back and care for the environment.  Live Green! started in 2009 to teach kids the values of environmental management and golf—the program has reached thousands of children across the country. Upcoming Live Green! events will be held in the following locations.

    • ·         The First Tee of Idaho, Boise, ID
    • ·         The First Tee of Monterey, Salinas, CA
    • ·         The First Tee of East Lake, Atlanta, GA
    • ·         The First Tee of Richmond and Chesterfield, Richmond, VA
    • ·         The First Tee of North Florida, Elkton, Fl
    • ·         The First Tee of Raritan Valley, Kenilworth, NJ

    Want to get involved, or volunteer at one of these events?  Reach out to Tara Pepperman, Audubon International Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs  at or 518.767.9051 ext. 115.

    What else can you do at a golf course?

    Golf courses can be used for more than just golf.  There are many wonderful stories that AI members share about hiking trails at their course.  This is a great way to get your family up and moving this summer. 

    Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Golf Club in Arizona has a hiking trail that starts at their course and winds through the desert and North Mountain Preserve.  Hikers will see saguaro cacti, palo verde, creosote bushes, rattlesnakes and roadrunners on their walks. 

    The Callippe Preserve Hiking Trail surrounds the Callippe Preserve Golf Course in California, and is a wonderful way for families to get out and see some great landscape after (or before) a day of golfing.  The trail borders area designated for the species preservation of the callippe silverspot butterfly, and visitors can spot many interesting bird species. At Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Pennsylvania, they have found a way to incorporate the education and nature trail right into the 18 holes.  Signage at each hole describes the environment to help golfers become more aware of their environment.  For example, at Hole #13 “The View” states:

    “The naturalized area surrounding the tee is designed to attract birds. As you view the distant rolling hills, you can see that the golf course is part of the greater environment. In 1985 a tornado cut a path of destruction up the length of this fairway. Since then over 1,000 trees have been planted on the golf course and the trees gradually been reestablished, leaving little evidence of the natural disaster.”

    Regardless of whether or not you and your children are golfers, you can still enjoy the green spaces that golf provides by taking a hike, bird watching, or learning about water conservation and habitat protection.  If you plan an outing to a golf course, make sure to call ahead to find out what they offer for families and ask about how they are working to protect and preserve the natural plants and wildlife that call their course home.

    AI encourages you and your family to go play on a Signature, Classic or Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) Certified golf course.  These courses are working diligently to protect the natural habitat and your children will enjoy learning about wildlife and water conservation during your time there.  To find a list of members near you, check out our website at:

  • 07/02/2015 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    TROY, NY – Thanks to support from the United States Golf Association, Audubon International launched their first ever Global Golf Course BioBlitz 2015 in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd. The goal was to demonstrate the large diversity of species that call golf courses home, while engaging local interest and support of the green space and recreational opportunities that golf courses provide to their towns.  Twenty-eight courses from all over North America participated in this self-directed event which took place from April 19-25, 2015. Participants were challenged to identify species at their course by engaging the community and local wildlife experts.

    Audubon International was pleased with the courses that participated in the event and for their efforts to bring in community members to assist in identifying the species on their courses. Over two hundred individuals assisted in identifying 3,560 species on participating golf courses. Of those three thousand plus species, 2230 were unique to the course where they were identified.

    Jim Schell, General Manager at the Venice Golf and Country Club in Florida, summed it up nicely, “The biggest surprise for me is that most life is so small.  I have always been accustomed to looking up at the trees and the colorful foliage of plants, not at the smallest of creatures.  I had no idea we had so much diverse life on this property.  Even the birds escaped my untrained eye.  Sure I saw the blue herons and wading birds but I did not see the others until they were pointed out to me. We focused our efforts on life that was observed from the golf course property. Everything listed here…although I am certain we missed more than we recorded”.

    Courses who showed exceptional participation in the BioBlitz 2015 were awarded and presented with a framed Audubon Blue Bird print.  Among the winners were, Venice Golf and Country Club in Venice Beach, FL who was awarded a prize for recording the highest number of species.  Volunteers at Venice Beach spotted over 500 plant and wildlife species living on their course.  The Southwinds Golf Course in Boca Raton, FL was recognized for having the most participants with a total of 49 volunteers who assisted in the species count and identification. The final contest was for the “Best Photo”. There were so many great submissions, it was hard to choose just one and both Stonebridge Country Club in Naples, FL and Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, CT were chosen as winners.  

     “The responses we received from people participating fell into two categories:  those that couldn’t wait to do it next year, and those who were amazed by how much biodiversity lived on their lands,” said Doug Bechtel, AI’s Executive Director.  “We couldn’t be happier with the turnout.  This kind of event educates citizens about the benefits golf courses provide in their community.”

    Pictured above is AI Membership Coordinator Delphine Tseng presenting the award for "Best Photo" to representatives from Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, CT.



  • 05/21/2015 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – The Town of Hilton Head Island has earned the Sustainable Planning Award from Audubon International.  The award is an important milestone in Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program and recognizes the community for completing the second stage of a rigorous three-stage certification process. Hilton Head’s successful completion of this stage means they have defined and adopted a long-term community vision and sustainability indicators.

    “For many years Hilton Head Island has been known for its great natural beauty and for innovative, environmentally sensitive practices,” notes Mayor David Bennett. “The Town of Hilton Head Island was eager to conduct a sustainability self-assessment using a nationally recognized program such as Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program.  This accomplishment enables the Town to build upon its long-term history of sustainability while moving forward into Stage 3 where it will implement the plans listed in the Hilton Head Island Green Blueprint.  The Town of Hilton Head Island is pleased to receive the Sustainable Planning Award and the recognition it conveys.”

    Since joining the program five years ago, Hilton Head has brought together the efforts of residents, local and regional organizations, schools, businesses and community leaders. These partners have addressed priority projects under 15 focus areas such as health and transportation. Within each focus area, goals such as enhancing bike travel and controlling storm water runoff have yielded action items that are being implemented by the Town. 

    Completed projects include:

    • Mobile educational kiosk with information about the Broad River watershed and storm water management practices
    • Energy audit and energy efficient upgrades for Town Hall
    • Rewrite of the Land Management Ordinance to achieve sustainable development goals
    • Design of Chaplin Linear Park, which will improve connectivity and recreation opportunities
    • Improved wayfinding maps and signs for 100 miles of bike paths in the community
    • Increased access for non-motorized water-based recreation through park enhancements
    • LEED-Silver Certified Fire Station constructed with pervious paving, construction waste recycled, and underground rainwater harvesting system

    “The award demonstrates the commitment by the Town and the strides they have taken toward creating a more sustainable community. Hilton Head is continuing its legacy of living in harmony with nature by prioritizing community challenges, drawing on community assets, and compiling a strategic sustainability plan with reachable goals that will have a real and positive effect on the community and its residents,” says Joanna Nadeau.  “Finishing Stage 2 of this program is a significant accomplishment.  Hilton Head is rightfully proud of earning this well-deserved award.”

    Hilton Head will now move forward into Stage 3 of the Sustainable Communities Program, during which the community will implement additional projects listed in the action plan and report progress to achieve the designation as an Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community.

    About Hilton Head

    The Town of Hilton Head Island, incorporated as a municipality in 1983 and well known for its eco-friendly development and beautiful outdoor amenities, is located on a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina.  The island encompasses 54 square miles and includes 13 miles of beaches.  The Town of Hilton Head Island is comprised of a diverse and active collection of residents who come together as one community.  Hilton Head Island not only has a large permanent population (38,000) but also enjoys an assortment of visitors and tourists each year that increases the population during summer months upwards of 80,000.

  • 05/08/2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    “Lunch & Learn” webinar series

     Audubon International and e-par USA are pleased to partner and offer free “Lunch & Learn”  live webinars on the Value of Environmental Programs for golf course superintendents and their facility.  

    Building from a joint presentation recently delivered at the Metropolitan GCSA Chapter Education Session, Audubon International Executive Director Doug Bechtel and e-par USA President & CEO Kevin A. Fletcher, Ph.D., will deliver a series of 30-minute live webinars designed to inspire the next wave of environmental leadership in golf.  

    Click here for more info and to register

  • 04/20/2015 11:32 AM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    See the Posting below:

    Position Description: Audubon International seeks a highly-qualified and enthusiastic individual to serve as its Program Specialist. The incumbent will report directly to the Director of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs and other Audubon International staff to process, assess, manage, and track certification activities for membership businesses in AI’s award winning natural resource management and sustainability programs.

    Organization Overview: Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and using incentive-based approaches to implement sustainable natural resource management in several specific business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, landscaped green spaces, and small private communities and public municipalities.

    Audubon International presently has eight staff members and is headquartered in Troy, New York.  The organization, which has been in existence for over 25 years, works with a wide range of interested partners, including golf courses, developers, small businesses, environmental not-for-profits, community associations, local governments, and state and federal agencies. Through education, technical assistance, certification, and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of natural resource management practices that ensure land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources are sustainably used and conserved. Utilizing a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, Audubon International is able to positively impact environmental health at multiple geographic scales, including individual properties, communities, and ecoregions.

    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

    Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP)

    ·         Receive and manage incoming AI Member documents from direct mail and email submissions; log all Member progress information into AI’s Member Database.

    ·         Under the guidance of the Program Director, assess all ACSP certification and re-certification paperwork and other materials from AI Members.  Match submissions against AI Program Standards and respond to AI Members with appropriate feedback, recognition, progress reports, and education materials, as appropriate. 

    ·         In collaboration with other Program staff, provide needed administrative and technical support to AI Members as needed.

    ·         Coordinate with appropriate AI staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization’s web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate.

    ·         Assist program and marketing staff in communications and promotional efforts for all of AI’s education and certification programs.

    ·         Occasionally represent AI at meetings, conferences, and educational venues to promote AI’s mission and programs, and assist with member recruitment and partner relationships as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    ·         A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., environmental studies, sustainable resource management, etc.) and at least one year of related professional experience.

    ·         Excellent attention to detail; ability to accurately and systematically assess completeness and rigor of AI Member submissions; match submitted data to AI standards; identify gaps in submissions.

    ·         Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including ability to write clearly about scientific concepts;

    ·         Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics.

    ·         Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.

    ·         Experience and comfort with public speaking.

    ·         Working knowledge of IT systems (or ability to quickly gain such knowledge)

    ·         Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media, etc.)

    Compensation: This is a full-time, permanent position, located in Troy, NY.   Incumbent will be required to work at Troy Headquarters.  Salary range:  $30,000-$35,000, dependent on qualifications.  Audubon International offers a mission-driven work environment that promotes continued employee growth and development. The organization offers its employees a strong compensation package, including competitive salary, health benefits, retirement benefits, and vacation. Diversity is highly valued.

    Deadline for Application: Open until filled.

    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    ·         Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.

    ·         Curriculum vitae or resume.

    ·         Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references

    ·         Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).

    Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

  • 04/01/2015 8:58 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    BUSHWOOD, IL – Bushwood Country Club has been denied its request to be designated as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf. The nonprofit organization, Audubon International, which promotes sustainable practices for businesses, resorts, communities, and developments worldwide, denied Bushwood’s request for certification citing major documentation deficiencies, regulatory violations, and the illegal use of military explosives in their resource management practices.

    Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International, stated that several violations led to the decision. “I examined their shoreline buffers, irrigation practices, herbicide and fertilizer use, turf management, and, most importantly, their wildlife management practices. Not only did they not meet any of our environmental stewardship standards or best practices, they appear to be violating at least one state law on controlled substances.”

    “Not only was there very little native habitat for small mammals such as mice, squirrels, voles, moles, or even chipmunks, they have no evidence of a single animal on the course despite previously having a very active gopher population at the site assessment,” said Pepperman. Assistant groundskeeper Carl Spackler responded, “Well, I do have a license to kill gophers from the government of the United Nations.”

    However, among the greatest violations, which Audubon International has brought to the attention of FBI, ATF, and SPCA officials, was the use of highly questionable rodent and varmint control eradication methods. Trace elements of caustic and explosive C4 was revealed in water testing samples, and was additionally found on tees, greens, and fairways along with several large craters. 

    Former club president Judge Smails exclaimed, “This is an outrage. I demand satisfaction!” When pressed by Audubon International and EPA officials to submit a new turf management plan, Judge Smails rebuffed them, stating, “You’ll get nothing, and like it.”

    Audubon International claims its decision was based on science-based evidence, including the multiple crater-like holes in the turf. “Heck, even Ben Hogan didn’t leave a divot that big,” said Pepperman. The organization’s staff did not address member complaints regarding other questionable resort conditions, including overcrowding in the pool, loud music, lascivious behavior in the clubhouse, and the bizarre bare stems in the garden flower beds.

    Audubon International has forwarded its findings to public officials. The Attorney General immediately called for a bipartisan investigation, stating, “Look, Judge Smails is a close personal friend. Heck, he gave me a scholarship to college. I mean, I love golf, but they pulled a real noonan.”

  • 03/12/2015 10:06 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    Audubon International is seeking an Environmental Research Intern(s). The interns will be asked to work between 10 and 20 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks. The interns will have the option of working in our Troy, New York office or working from home, with preference given to those who are able to attend weekly or bi-weekly in-person meetings. These are unpaid internships, but interns may receive a small stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

    To apply for the internship please send a cover letter and resume to Delphine Tseng at along with three references. Please put the job title and your name in the subject of the email. Applications are due on Thursday, April 30.

    Environmental Research Intern


    The Environmental Research Intern will report to the Director of Community Programs and compile, analyze, and summarize information collected from community surveys, natural resource site assessments, and certification documentation. The intern projects can be tailored to reflect specific strengths and skill sets. Possible projects include:

    • Summarizing community surveys and sustainability assessments.
    • Researching regional plans and publicly available environmental data for specified communities.
    • Researching and writing case studies on community sustainability processes or projects.
    • Researching and writing fact sheets on community-related how-to topics such as branding for sustainability.
    Required Qualifications
    • Current college student or recent graduate in the field of environmental science/environmental policy/planning/conservation/journalism.
    • Experience researching and writing articles or papers on environmental topics.
    • Passion for our organization's mission.

    Desired Qualifications

    • Experience with nonprofit organizations.

  • 02/13/2015 2:05 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    To download a PDF version, please click here.

  • 11/18/2014 2:41 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    To download the PDF version, click here.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software