We are where the wild still 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

Located west of Florida’s newest city (in 2017), Westlake, we consider the area to be somewhat unique for Palm Beach County. Five acres per lot is the least you can come by out here. Many are ten, some twenty, and many are many more.

Life out here has it’s pros and cons. One of my favorite pros has always been the abundance of wildlife. The biggest con, I believe, is having a front row seat to the circle of life and having to accept that “nature happens.”

The huge Minto development to our east – 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.

We, the makers of this website, can’t help but wonder, what will happen to all the wildlife being forced from their homes? Some people just don’t care and maybe you feel that way too. Maybe you are only here to see cute cat videos or something. That’s cool, and that link is right here: (coming soon). For the rest of you, please keep reading to find out if you might be interested in building an owl box and housing a family of owls.

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Our Mission

To continue our research on owls, provide adequate shelter for the magnificent creatures, and share with others what we find, is one part of our mission. Our research is performed through observation, reading publications, and analyzing experiences others have had. For the shelters, we use plans modeled after an original design by Steve Simmons of Merced, California. Links to these and other resources can be found on our blog.

Another part of our mission is supporting “Countdown 2 Zero,” a goal to end euthanasia of adoptable pets in Palm Beach County. Countdown 2 Zero is a public-private community collaboration initiated by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, the Board of County Commissioners, and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League to end euthanasia and bring together animal welfare organizations. Volunteers from Miss Kitty’s Long Branch Incorporated west of Westlake, utilize the TNVR program, just one way we are helping this goal become a reality.

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