Wycliffe Golf & Country Club Birds' Eye View of Paradise!
Wycliffe is a flourishing haven to more than 250 species of indigenous birds
Wycliffe’s native vegetation and habitat are a natural resource for South Florida winged wildlife. Due to member Ed Rubin’s vision, Wycliffe committed to building nesting boxes and bird feeders throughout the property that provide a natural flyaway boundary as well as a stopover or destination for migrating birds. In addition, Rubin, an avid bird enthusiast, began working with Audubon International to certify Wycliffe as a bird sanctuary.
In August 2015, the property received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf Courses, an organization that provides an advisory partnership to help courses develop effective conservation and wildlife enhancement programs.
Audubon promotes stewardship and appreciation of public land and water, which in turns allows people to experience and cherish Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife. This global effort is partly sponsored by the United States Golf Association.
To commemorate the Audubon International partnership and accreditation, a 12’ x 5’ fly-over mural was designed by Palm Beach State College art professor and member, Arnold Levine. Sections of earth and creature culled from online landscape in addition to Mr. Levine’s photography shot at the Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge were used as the basis of the artwork.
The Sandhill Crane, poised prominently in the foreground, is a copy of Audubon’s original drawing and symbolizes the heritage and work of the Audubon International legacy.
Serving as the project’s art director, Levine called upon the talents of artist and Palm Beach State College Art Chair Victoria Rose Martin to produce the exceptional artwork. Levine also collaborated with member Steve Roth in curating and collecting a rich variety of photographs featuring 45 of the most recognized birds at Wycliffe. Martin, a bird devotee and talented computer artist, culled landscape photographs from the Internet, in addition to contributing photography to Mr. Levine’s photography shot at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
Birds' Eye View and Vision
The museum quality work is a fantastical and mystical landscape panorama resplendent with magnificent birds layered into the scene.
"The panoramic design is most pleasing to the eye, and the shape was pivotal in experiencing the artwork from an audience perspective. Everything is included, and the scene is never boring. It keeps moving," explains Levine.
It is with great pride that the team at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club extends sincere and heartwarming appreciation to members Arnold Levine, Steve Roth and Ed Rubin for their birds' eye view and vision in bringing this significant project to fruition. Additional gratitude is extended to the artist Victoria Rose Martin and other contributing photographers for their artistry, inspiration and efforts.
Audubon International takes its name from John James Audubon (1785-1851), the world-renowned ornithologist, naturalist and artist. Through education, technical assistance, certification and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of environmental management practices that ensure natural resources are sustainable and conserved. Throughout its history, Audubon International has enrolled over 3,000 properties and communities in its rigorous certification programs.
The organization has been successful due in large part to its relationships with a wide range of interested partners. Since 1991, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has served as a strong supporter of Audubon International's sustainability efforts in the golf industry, and this has included providing over $2 million in financial support to offset fees associated with administering the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.