So for those of you who aren’t close enough to come out and experience Skidaway Island for yourself, I thought it might be interesting to see a bit more of the place than is visible through our two cameras. As you know, the Owl Cam is a project of Skidaway Audubon, in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and a number of other sponsors. One of the most important sponsors is The Landings Club, who owns the land and the tree that the owls nest is located in, and graciously allows us access, and has assisted us in installing and maintaining the cameras. Recently, they decided they should update their golf marketing video, and got a helicopter in to get some new footage.
Recognizing that this six minute video is all about golf, and will feel like marketing material (it is!), I urge you to watch it anyway – it’s a beautiful introduction to what the island really looks like from the Owls-eye view. There’s even a couple of snippets of the golf hole where the owl’s nest is located! And you should know that through a cooperative effort between Skidaway Audubon and The Landings Club, all six courses here on the island have been certified under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, which means that hundreds of acres of land that might otherwise be manicured turf are left natural to provide habitat for the web of life that inhabits our island – and at the apex of that web are our Great Horned Owls!
Check out the video below.
I couldn’t help but point out that at 5:55 into the movie, we see 9 year old Mary Miller driving the golf ball. In the Masters/USGA/PGA Drive, Chip and Putt* competition at Augusta National as prelude to the 2016 Masters Tournament, Mary came in second in the girls’ 7-9 year old category. As you can see over at the right, only a half point separated first and second place! It’s an inspiration to see her on the range, and one of the wonderful things about this island is seeing folks of all ages excelling at so many things. Now please enjoy this video, and I promise the next post will be all about those branching owlets!
- About the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship – A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.