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.
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!