We are where the wild things roam,

like big cats and gators that wander alone,

and small cats and owls that look for a home,

yes, this is where the wild still roam –

West of Westlake.

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About Us

Locally, in Palm Beach County Florida, one of the last remaining undeveloped areas of the western communities is located west of Westlake in Loxahatchee, Florida. The huge Minto development to our east,  which is now the City of Westlake, has been steadily building and is due to have a massive amount of residential and commercial development. All of this construction, along with Arden directly to our south, has been driving more and more wildlife our way, west of Westlake.

Also slated for development (by GL Homes, the last we heard) is the smaller tract of farmland that lies in between Westlake and the remaining private streets to the west, but right now, we believe it is the Westlake project making the most impact. Hence the name West of Westlake. Plus, it just sounds better than West of GL Homes or North of Arden, which technically, we are, as well as east of the L-8 or south of the old Santa Rosa Groves.

Massive development all around us has left little alternative for wildlife loosing their habitats. Owls, in particular, come and look for a home and find ours, which will not do for a host of reasons. On the other hand, having them around also has benefits, so long as it’s not in the soffit. We aim to  discuss such things in our blog, along with other happenings west of Westlake.

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Our Mission

To help provide adequate shelter for displaced wildlife, particularly owls, is the main measure of our mission. Secondly, to share this information with others and invite them to share their ideas as well, is another part of our mission. Solutions for developers faced with having to displace the magnificent creatures are also sought.

It is true that owls naturally nest in trees and barns, however, it is not ideal for us humans to have them too close. The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) has some good information regarding owls, their nesting habits and how humans can help or hurt. Click on this link or go directly to the following site to see the publication.

http://www.scvas.org/pdf/cbrp/BuildingBarnOwlBoxes.pdf .

This .pdf has some great information on the barn owl, including breeding cycles and life style, with a few pictures, too. This is also where we found the specifications for a barn owl box. Everything you need to know on how to build it so that predators are not likely to get in, but if they do, the owl will be in the offensive position and not the defensive, is on this site. The SCVAS also provides further resources in this publication for those interested in going a step further in their research.

We invite anyone who would like to share their knowledge or opinions on these matters, in addition to any experience one may have, to do so on our Facebook page. Also, photos from west of Westlake may be posted there, as well as on our Twitter page. Look for us on Facebook and Twitter – @LoxahootLife – or search for West of Westlake. Thank you for your support!

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Follow Us

We are getting social!

To help us with this endeavor, follow us on Facebook and Twitter – find us @LoxahootLife or search for West of Westlake. Also be sure to follow our blog, the link for this is below, to be notified of new posts as they become available.

Thank you for your support!