Stylish Snow Birds Supporting Nature – Audubon Island Sanctuary
By Heather Buchanan
While it was a beautiful summer evening at the home of Robin and Robert Leacock, the air was filled with snow birds. A luscious cocktail party with delicious nibbles from Sant Ambroeus gathered together nature enthusiasts to support the Audubon Islands Sanctuary in Palm Beach. Campion & Tatiana Platt, Katie Carpenter and Robin Melanie Leacock hosted the fundraiser.
Katie Carpenter explained of the project, “There are six precious island full of natural vegetation in the Lake Worth Lagoon. Audubon said we’d been bequeathed these islands but don’t have staff to handle it.”
Enter those who have long loved this group of islands near the Southern Bridge in Palm Beach. As background, Palm Beach County recently approached Audubon Islands Sanctuary with a proposal to restore Bingham Island’s natural habitats as part of the renovation of the Southern Boulevard bridge. A number of Palm Beach residents suggested going beyond restoration to make the island a sanctuary for people too.
Campion Platt commented, “The project is near and dear to me. It’s an amazing set of islands just sitting around falling into disrepair. The idea of the project is to restore the island and its natural habitat in phase one then phase two start to build places to walk around the island.” Architect and designer Platt will donate design and plans for the paths, yoga stations and overlooks.
His wife Tatiana had the brilliant idea to start the clean up efforts with a scavenger hunt for children with a prize to the one who collected the most trash. She notes, “The goal is to restore the island back to the original bird sanctuary but also turn it into a real community resource for schools, scouts, and naturalists. We can turn it into a treasured community asset with yoga promenades and meditation walks.”
For those looking to support the project, they can make a donation and there is even an opportunity to have naming rights to the smallest of the six islands in the chain. Heather’s Heaven – I like the sound of that.
Other Palm Beach good news is that Sant Ambroeus will be opening a branch of its New York City and Southampton eatery on Palm Beach island. Birds of a feather……
For more information www.audubonislandsanctuary.org