Audubon Society Sanctuary

The Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. John McLinden, Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International The Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto is one of 56 golf courses in Ontario and 910 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

"The Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Donadio. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“Mr. McLinden and his team have done a fantastic job of introducing native plant species to the course. Recently, over half an acre of the course has been turned into naturalized areas, which are monitored for invasive species and provide critical food and habitat to bee and butterfly species. These areas, and the vast gardens on the course, are vital to important pollinators,” said Daron Blake, Manager of Communications for Audubon International.

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