Friday, August 30, 2013


Last Monday we hosted Girl Scout troop 4010 from Westwood New Jersey for our annual Monarch Tagging day.  Unfortunately we were not able to tag any Monarchs but we were able to show the scouts that golf courses can provide great habitat for a variety of butterflies and other wildlife.   In case you did not know the Monarch populations are at an all time low.  The fact that we saw one was actually pretty good.  They count the amount of Monarchs by how much acreage they occupy in Mexico each winter.  Last year they were at an all time low of 2.9 acres.  Compare that to 1996-97 when the area they occupied was 44.9 Acres.  Ten years ago they occupied 27 acres.  In a sentence the Monarchs need our help.   

As you can see the aerification is all ready starting to heal.  We were able to mow with our regular mowers yesterday.  By next weekend we should be able to go back to summer rules and the greens will hardly be noticeable.  Thanks for your patience.  Aerification is necessary if we are to ensure good greens in the future.  

Below is a list of all the butterflies we saw. 

By: John Lampkin

Rockland Country Club Golf Course
Rockland County, NY
Periodic survey
With Matt Ceplo, Groundskeeper and Girl Scout Troop 4010 of Westwood, NJ
78, overcast with impending showers
First Sachems of the season
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 11
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 32
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Dun Skipper 1

Mr. John Lampkin talking about the butterflies we have at the club

Troop 4010 on there way to catch some butterflies. 


Tony mowing greens with hand mower. 

Greens look much better.  A lot of recovery in one week.