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, is slated 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.
Eventually, Indian Trail Groves will also be developing the small tract of farmland that lies in between Westlake and the three private streets out here, but right now, it is this Westlake project that is making the most impact. Hence the name West of Westlake. Plus, it just sounds better than West of Indian Trail Groves or North of Arden, which technically, we are, as well as east of the L-8 or south of whatever is going to be in the old Santa Rosa Groves.
Alternatives for these creatures loosing their habitats are few and far between, and for a few of the residents in the neighboring hood west of Westlake, this scenario is saddening – particularly due to owls dying. An exhibit at the South Florida Fair in January, 2017 inspired a resident to start building owl boxes and set up this site. She shared some ideas and before she knew it, a new nonprofit was formed to help fund her vision. You will find the website for this nonprofit on the last page along with other sites helping to support our mission.
Giving “hoots” away is one way several supporters are helping to further the cause and you can help, too, by receiving one and spreading the word. Our free “hoots” are in the form of a bookmark. Our better “hoots” consist of bracelets and key rings, which will soon be for sale. Coming in 2018 is our re-home segment, where items from all around the world seek a new home in which to be used or simply admired.
In the meantime, please enjoy photos and videos of some of the stuff we see west of Westlake, and please, feel free to use them in your projects in compliance with the Creative Commons Copyright assigned to them. (Click here for more information.)