The Eagles Have Landed
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GUIDELINES + WINNERS
Harrison Bay was the first facility in Tennessee to be recognized as a Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation of Nebraska. It received the Tennessee Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award in 2009 and 2012. It became a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2008.
Carter, who was named 2011 National Superintendent of the Year by the online publication TurfNet, also serves as director of agronomy for the other state park courses—the Tennessee Golf Trail—and has helped the other eight courses become certified sanctuaries. He promotes sustainability with clubhouse displays, and local print, TV and radio appearances, and on his blog, bthbgcm.blogspot.com.
The course is now known around the world, thanks to its eagle mascots, whom Carter's daughter Hannah dubbed Elliott and Eloise. In the spring of 2012, Eloise hatched two eggs, but neither eaglet survived. That fall, the eagles began a new nest in an even taller pine to the left of the ninth fairway. Ranger Angelo was called back, shimmied up that tree, and this time installed three video cameras in just four hours. But this past winter, the eagles returned to their nest on the 10th hole. Two more eggs were laid in February, and in late March they hatched. This time the eaglets were healthy, and viewers watched as Elliott and Eloise fed them a steady diet of fish, turtles and waterfowl.
"Without the benefit of infrared cameras," Carter blogged, "we don't know if they're getting midnight snacks or not."
Cameras remain poised in both trees in anticipation of 2014. Carter is also hoping to rig both nests with microphones so sounds of the eagles can be webcast.