The Audubon Society Sanctuary System Program
This program, under the auspices of the Royal Canadian and United States Golf Associations, aims to harmonize the areas around the golf course with naturalized areas. Whitevale is fortunate to have members, staff and an executive management with a high degree of environmental responsibility for the natural environment and wildlife on the course property. Whitevale achieved certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary on July 20, 2004 and became the 45th course in Canada and the 504th in the world to achieve this award. Currently, approximately 300 courses in Canada are enrolled in this program and are in various stages of completion. Whitevale was presented with a certified Audubon framed print and a completion certificate which are on display in the clubhouse.
The current Audubon Committee, under the leadership of Blair Rennie, will continue to work to implement programs and projects which maintain and improve the natural environment of the course. In February 2007, the Committee submitted material for recertification to Audubon International. Recertification is designed to help evaluate our ongoing participation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and maintain the high stewardship required for certified properties. It also gives us the opportunity to update Audubon International regarding our stewardship projects. In May 2007 we were notified that our submission had been approved and once again Whitevale is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
What members and their guests see as a result of adopting the Audubon philosophy are more natural fields and grasses, offering distinctive contrasts to the beautifully maintained playing areas and encouraged growth of native trees, shrubs, flowers and increasing numbers of birds and wildlife. As well as being aesthetically appealing, this program saves dollars by significantly reducing the need for fertilization and pest management products and labour maintenance costs. An additional benefit to the Audubon program is the harmony achieved with the Metro Toronto and Regional Conservation Authority by being good stewards of the land we enjoy at Whitevale. Any member who has expertise or a desire to participate in the Committee’s ongoing activities is always welcome.