The Club at Las Campanas
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Audubon Sanctuary Program

The Club at Las Campanas is working toward certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, sponsored by Audubon International. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP) is an environmental education and certification program that helps golf courses protect the environment, preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf, and gain recognition for their efforts. Through collaborative efforts begun in 1991 with the United States Golf Association, membership in the ACSP has steadily grown to include more than 2,300 golf courses in the United States and three dozen countries worldwide.

The ACSP assists each golf course member to take stock of its environmental resources and any potential liabilities, and then develop a plan that fits its unique setting, goals, staff, budget, and time. The program is easily tailored to a variety of different types of courses, including: private clubs, public and municipal courses, PGA sites, nine-hole facilities, resort courses, and golf residential communities.

Audubon International provides information to help golf course personnel with six key environmental components:

Environmental Planning
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Chemical Use Reduction and Safety
Water Conservation
Water Quality Management
Outreach and Education

Blue Bird Trail



Bluebird Trail Program

The Las Campanas Bluebird Trail began in 2008 and originally consisted of ten houses along Clubhouse Drive. The idea was simple, members of The Club could purchase Bluebird houses and proceeds of the sale would go to the
Las Campanas Community Fund. The houses would be engraved and installed by volunteers and Club staff.  In the years that have followed, the program has expanded to include the Las Campanas Home Owners Association and presently the trail consists of nearly 40 houses around the golf courses and another 20 on the home owner’s walking trails. In addition to the houses on the Bluebird Trail, another 20 houses have been installed on home owner’s lots.

The Bluebird Trail serves several purposes.  The Western and Mountain Bluebirds are among 10 to 15 cavity nesting birds in New Mexico and the houses supply the birds with the cavity needed to build their nests. With the reduction of habitat, and recent die back of many native trees, these houses are vital in the long term success of the Bluebirds in our area. One other benefit of the program is that the proceeds from the sale of the houses go directly to the Las Campanas Community Fund. This fund supports many non-profit organizations in the Santa Fe area on a yearly basis. Lastly, the Bluebird Trail is an important project in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.  Over the past three seasons, the houses have been monitored on a weekly basis from April through July. Information collected includes: species type, nest, number of eggs and number of fledglings and cause of failure if it can be determined. Over the past four seasons the Las Campanas Bluebird Trail has introduced more than 400 new Bluebirds to the area.  House Wrens, Juniper Titmouse and Ash-throated Flycatchers have also raised their young in our houses.

The program relies heavily on volunteers for box construction, ordering, engraving and installations. We are always looking for people that would like to volunteer their time to ensure the program continues to grow. This nesting season we would like to add another volunteer opportunity by having volunteers help with the monitoring process. A signup sheet will be available to anyone interested in volunteering a Sunday morning as we document the nesting activity from April thru July. This year’s information will be submitted to Cornell University’s Nest Watch Program. If you would like to participate in the program please contact Tom Egelhoff at

2013 Bluebird Nesting Update from Tom Egelhoff

As many of you know that have nesting boxes on your property, the Bluebird nesting season has begun. The first signs of this are the pairs of Bluebirds will stake their claim to a nesting box. The pairs will then begin making a nest and the entire process begins there. I would like to give everyone some basic maintenance tips for your nesting boxes.  At the beginning of the season it is very important to clean your box from the previous season and after each brood has left.  Remove and discard any old nesting material. It is also recommended to scrub the box with 10% bleach and water solution. Old nesting materials left on the ground could invite predators so offsite disposal is recommended. The bleach solution will help prevent parasites and diseases from spreading to the next brood.  

The Bluebirds start looking for breeding nest boxes in March. Bluebirds will use them well into August, producing 2-3 broods per year. Generally the bluebirds lay 4-6 eggs and usually produce 3-5 fledglings.  The entire process from the laying of the eggs to the fledglings leaving the boxes, last about 4-6 weeks. When the mating season is over, the Bluebirds will then use the boxes as winter roosts.  

We have begun monitoring the nesting boxes each Sunday morning. We currently have approximately 50 nesting boxes on the Golf Course and HOA Bluebird Trails. We welcome Club members and HOA residence members to sign up and join us for one of the Sunday monitoring sessions. To sign up you will need to contact Kim Kulpa at For people that have nesting boxes on their property we will make available the monitoring sheets so you too can be involved in the program. We will be submitting our data to Cornell Ornithology Lab’s web site.  I hope you find this information useful and hope your nesting box is very productive this season.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email at

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