Magazine Ad (The Molly Effect)

January 27, 2012

Ad in Southwest Airline Magazine (Owl and Royal crown)

I have been travelling a lot recently for business (nothing to do with The Owl Box) and pleasure.  Yes, I know, I am supposed to be retired but … Some of you will know what that “retired but” means.  Anyway,  last week I was flying Southwest Airlines and looking through their airline magazine and ran across this ad for 1-Oak, a new kind of night club in Las Vegas. What I found most interesting was the symbolism in the ad. Royal and an Owl, not any owl but the Common Barn Owl. Maybe it is just me, but have you noticed the Common Barn Owl showing up in a lot of advertisements? What do you think?  Could it be we are seeing the results of 21 million views and its affect on main stream advertising?

I received an inquiry as to McGee’s health because a male owl had been found close by… It had been hit by a car and killed.  I am most happy to report that both Molly and McGee were in the box last night and in good health. Remember, barn owls only survive on average about 20 months in the wild, Molly and McGee have been here as of January 21st, 24 months, so we estimate they are around three years old.  We hope they set a new record and live the next 30 years in The Owl Box.  And yes, I still plan to be around in 30 years.

You have a wonderful day and I plan to do the same.

Carlos, Donna and Austin

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80 Responses to “Magazine Ad (The Molly Effect)”

  1. Ann Richards (Nashville) Says:

    That same Jan. SW airline magazine has directions on making an origami owl out of a dollar bill!

  2. GeniaKnitz Says:

    That barnie is almost as beautiful as McGee!
    You take care, Carlos, because I plan to be around for another 30 years as well, and I’m counting on you, and Our Owls, still being there!

  3. ruthiesmom Says:

    hmm, thinking you ought to be receiving Royal, ties (y)..
    warm greetings from ruthiesmom

  4. DWD Says:

    Yep…that owl looks like a Mcgee. I have been seeing a lot of Barn owls around too. They are just so beautiful!!! Maybe a gathering should be planned at that new nightclub. Gee that was fun, and I was part of it!!!

  5. Nancy Says:

    Carlos, did the killed male barn owl have any bands on his legs? Star Ranch’s male has been missing for over a week now and they don’t know what happened to him. I don’t know if you are anywhere close to that area. He had a band on each leg. His mate has been struggling to feed their 5 owlets alone…fortunately receiving assistance from Pete who has been supplementing her hunting efforts with fresh prey for the owlets. Glad you are enjoying your travels and still keeping us up to date on Molly and McGee. They were my first experience with these wonderful birds!

    • carlosroyal Says:

      We are not that close to the Star Ranch so I am pretty sure the owl found here is not their male. Barn owls normally hunt within a few miles (5 or less) of their nesting area. I am sorry to hear that their male is missing but I am not surprised based on the average life of a barn owl in the wild, which is about 20 months according to what I have read.

  6. Kenneth Patchen Says:

    Ummm. Perhaps this would be a good time for you to trademark the term Molly and McGee as applied to Barn Owls.

    Say, Carlos, you did not mention what kind of a club this was being advertised. I gather from the picture that it must be some kind of a place that sells princess crowns. Did you check to see?

    And, yes, I still love all MODs and the Royal Clan. Bless you all.


  7. Vicki Says:

    So good to hear from you. I’m glad to hear about McGee. The male owl from the star ranch site is gone. Mom has been doing her best to keep the remaining 4 owlets going. Pete from Star Ranch and his staff are working to find another nest that perhaps could take in the owlets if Mom cannot keep up. All part of the circle of life. Here in Northern Illinois we have an influx of Snowy Owls. For some reason they have moved further south than normal. I am hoping this does mean a colder and longer last half of winter around here.

    Safe and happy traveling to you and Donna!


  8. Emma Says:

    Ah, it’s good to know that both Molly and wonderful McGee are doing well! Thank you for the update.

  9. Rosemary Says:

    Oh yes, I totally agree…the barn owls are surely being seen more and more in advertisements. And I do think that our
    ROYAL OWLS M&M are the reason for this.

    Carlos, you have done such a great job promoting barn owls
    that the world ows you a big thank you in helping to make them
    have safer places to mate and raise their owletts.. Look at
    all the owl boxes going up just because people became aware
    of M&M….

    I am so happy to hear that Molly and McGee are back into
    our favorite ROYAL OWL BOX.

  10. jamma louisiana Says:

    happy to hear all is well…eggs being laid and am sure molly will be doing same…glad you are gadding about here and there…peace

  11. Beth Jones Says:

    Thanks for sharing! Hope you are enjoying your “retirement”

  12. Barbara Says:

    male owl missing from Starr Ranch….could it be him? how far are you from them? love the ad, glad to hear M&M are fine. We miss them, and all of you!

  13. Joan from Colorado Says:

    i always appreciate it so much to hear about the lovely Molly and McGee.. thank you

  14. Paula Bullinger Says:

    Thank you, Carlos, for updating us., Long time, no ‘hear from’!! Miss you and the owl box.. As a matter of fact, I’m listening to Molly songs right now :) They relax me as I work at my desk.
    Glad you had good news for us. I expect Molly and McGee to be around for a long time.
    I just hope the other ‘male owl’ wasn’t one of the young we know so well. Oh well, that’s natiure. Sad sometimes.
    But do report any news.
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon again :)


  15. Jill Says:

    Hi Carlos, Donna, Austin,

    Wondering about your thoughts on this article. Hmmm, Do you think Molly & McGee had anything to do with this?

  16. nhptown Says:

    Thank you for the updates. I open your emails before my families!

  17. VSue Says:

    Another woderfOWL greetings to you Carlos, to Donna and Austin and all of the other MODz and even the lurkerz too!

    Such beautifOWL weather we are having here in California and so happy to know that Molly and McGee are enjoying the owlbox as I knew they would be!

    Thanks so much for the continued updates and may you continue to enjoy travels and “retirement” and leisure.

    Blessings y’owl for health, wealth and joy

  18. VSue Says:

    Just one more thing
    I too feel that Molly and McGee
    and you the wonderful Royals have helped bring Barn Owls to their popularity
    right where they should be

  19. Becky Says:

    I pray, too, that all of you are still around in 30 yrs.. Bless your heart. I’m glad it wasn’t McGee but can’t help wondering if it was one of his kids. (Not Ashley, not Ashley.) Thanks so much for checking and showing us the picture.

  20. Holly Sue Says:

    How great to hear from all of you, Carlos! I’ve noticed owls in ads, and even jewelry a lot lately. In fact my husband came home yesterday with a silver barn owl necklace he just “had” to get for me! Sure do miss you and Molly & McGee and are glad to hear that all is well. Continue to enjoy your travels and relaxation and be sure to keep in touch. I know we’d all be thrilled if” you found time to “switch on” M&M for a peek some time in the future! They remain the beloved owls! Greetings and love to Donna and Austin, too!
    Love from Holly Sue

  21. janie2 Says:

    I always appreciate any news about your “retirement” and news of our favorite owls is so exciting. May God bless the Royals, Austin, and Molly and McGee.


  22. Kimberly Helgeson Says:

    Love getting news about “The Box” !

  23. Linda Greene Says:

    Thanks Carlos and Donna for the update. Sorry about the male owl. Losing any of them feels like such a loss. I have noticed more barn owls in ads. Keep well..ldgreene123

  24. Bonita Lyon aka bonnibell Says:

    Wow!!! I wouldn’t be surprised if Molly’s press got noticed and brought the common Barn Owl back in vogue!! Carlos, it sounds like you’ve been busy and having fun too. Been watching the Audubon Starr Ranch Owls and they lost their poppa Owl and the 6th hatch. They are in Orange County, too far from you to be that owl., I suppose..Well, in any case, they are leaving food for mom as she leaves for long times hunting only to return with nothing. They are looking for foster parents…Having experienced Molly and McGee helps me to understand more than I normally would have. Thanks again for that. Keep us updated…Hi to Donna, Bonnibell

  25. moniq50 Says:

    Thank you Carlos for the update of Molly and McGee.. So happy they are both back in the box.. Maybe M&M are planning another family. Glad that you are still busy and active on your “retirement”. You are still my first stop for updates.. Thanks again..

  26. The more you watch owls the more they can break your heart. Last week we lost Tobin a European barn owl, he was 9 years old. Necropsy showed an enlarged heart (probable CHF) from old age. At the Audubon star ranch a wild owl pair hatched six owlets then the daddy went missing (8 days now and presumed dead) Mom is doing well two owlets have surmised and the Audubon people are attempting to add supplemental prey to the nest as best they can and would like to foster a few of the owlets to other active nest. The point being ALL Birds of Prey (barn owls too) have difficult short lives. We should NOT allow that to make us sad, but rather we should celebrated every day they share their lives with us as a true Miracle!

  27. Mary Says:

    Carlos, thanks so much for the update on Molly and McGee. We all miss them terribly. I hope that you and Donna enjoyed your travels. I am going to start paying attention to ads (usually ignore them) to look for owls. In your next post please let us know how Austin is doing. Love to all the Royals,


  28. Kim Gorman Says:

    Thank you for the lovely update, Carlos, on both you and the owls!! Happy and safe travels to you all..yes, including Molly and McGee :)).


  29. Susan Says:

    Carlos, how can you be sure that M&M are the owls currently in the box? Love reading these updates! Thank you for keeping this going.

  30. gmarch53 Says:

    Wonderful new concerning M&M! So the World’s Most Famous Barn Owl Couple is making their mark on the world. Way to go Royals!! *G*

  31. Bev-MIret. Says:

    I, too, want to say Thank You for the up-date and information on Molly and McGee. I think of you, your family, M&M, and the MODs often. What a wonderful, educational experience we have shared. Thanks for keeping in touch. :)

  32. drsballou Says:

    It used to be hard to find almost any type of owl items. Now I see owls in jewelry constantly and on shirts, carvings, sculptures, wallpaper and on and on. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  33. flukestail Says:

    Of course it’s the Molly effect! :)

    So glad to hear McGee is ok.

    As always, thanks for letting us know.

  34. Donna Says:

    Carlos, so happy to hear from you and that all is well with the Royals and M&M. I still check everyday to see if I have an e-mail from the owl box, still missing you all. Happy travels to you and Donna!

  35. Glenn Says:

    Carlos, Thank you for the updates.Good to hear about Molly and Mcgee back in the box. I know they do a good job on guarding the box to keep other owls from taking over their home.

  36. jacque green Says:

    I’am happy to hear from the Carlos Donna,and Austin and Molly n McGee is doing fine. I see Barn Owls every where you started 2 year ago. thank you so much.

  37. AnnInSDtoo Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful update! I too saw that ad and thought of our dear M and M!

  38. Rita in DC Says:

    Carlos, thanks for keeping us updated, and I second the wish that both human and owl Royals set all-time longevity records!

    Folks, don’t forget that several “other” barn owl families live in the Royals’ neighborhood. The male found could have been a member of one of those families rather than one of M&M’s offspring.

  39. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Last Year’s New Year

    January 28, 2011 – Eric With Daughter Callia Jamison Blehm

    What a great photo that Eric Blehm shared with his fans! – we all love the true story that Eric wrote of the Royal Family, Molly and McGee raising their first clutch and the Owl Box Experience on Ustream – a story so accurately and beautifully told in the award-winning Molly the Owl book illustrated by Chris Adams, just the way, or even better than, fans imagined!

    So far, some fans may have taken Carlos Royal’s wise advice to make a list on a legal yellow tablet every day and check off goals as they are accomplished. His grandson, Austin, adopted this practice which helped him immensely to produce two Molly the Owl DVDs. Notice that Carlos chooses and advises using the longer paper (legal) for a longer list! Today is just starting – what is on your list?

    Let’s see, from the Molly Experience many creations have emerged from this mindset – four amazing hardcover books, three ebooks (original Molly the Owl ebook, the Molly Watcher’s cookbook with over 1000 recipes, and A MOD’s Journal); at least seven Molly songs (Barbara Allen’s on iTune’s, VacaDude’s The Owl Box Rockz, BugGirl’s Ode, and musique’s Molly Bobble); two amazing DVDs by Austin Faure, an ever growing blog with innumerable observations, photographs, comments, and free pdf downloads; about 1000 Ustream recordings, amazing products and prints on Cafe Press requested by fans; lots and lots of free downloads on Cafe Press, as well as the free teacher curriculum guides on Molly the Owl books, free cartoons and four Story Time with Zorro volumes on VacaDude’s site, and so much more (trailers for the book, vote Molly, YouTube fan creations, etc.)! Fans are still writing books, organizing screenshots, creating new poems and singing tunes of their own making!

    “Gee this is fun, and we are still part of it!” And …. Love does make the world go ’round and is a great motivator!

    Back to the beginning – Happy Birthday Callia – you are such a beautiful addition to our Molly the Owl family. We hope you had a very happy First Birthday!

  40. PegRod Says:

    Love the magazine cover and to hear from you, too, Carlos! I ditto the above wonderful comments and add a “deet, deet, deet”. The name “1 Oak” is also good – symbolic of mighty and strong with deep roots.

  41. Debbie L. Says:

    Carlos– Thanks for the update. So glad to hear from you.
    I totally believe we are seeing more owls in everything because of our M&M which I think is just super. There just seems to be more owl everything in the stores.

    PegRod– Great memory.

    Everybody–Have a wonderful weekend.

  42. Jo-Ann Says:

    So wonderful to hear from you… Yes, I have noticed so many more pictures, updates, emails, etc. of owls.(Barn Owls).. Even the Audubon Society in their last email to me mentioned the Barn Owls (M&M) that so many of us mods voted to win… Yes, you really have brought the Barn Owls to the forefront… Thank you for your updates… Have a wonderful time on your journeys…

  43. Sue Couch Says:

    Thanks, Carlos for keeping us “in the loop” of the Royal orbit. Anytime a mass consciousness tunes in or focuses on an event, i.e. M&M, there is going to be a shift in consciousness everywhere. So it’s not surprising to see barn owls popping up. Perhaps we should hold a M&M reunion at the Las Vegas club.:-)
    I’m so glad that our two famous ones are still there and leading a perfect barn owl life at the Royal’s box.

    Hope you can get some rest from all your travels.

  44. Donna Koski Says:

    Yes I have seen a lot of barn owl advertisments, documentries and showings of barn owls lately, before Molly and Mcgee I had never seen a barn owl. Now I look each time to see if it is Molly or Mcgee. Love their little faces.

    Have a good time on your adventures and luck on your business deals. I still miss everyone. Thanks for the updates

    Donna (bingodabber)

  45. Tina Says:

    Thank you, Carlos, for keeping us updated on Molly and McGee. I remember the first clutch and watching it “more than I should”, but entranced with the “magic” of seeing these beautiful creatures and them caring for their young. Wishing you and Donna all the best in life. I have ordered several items and love them all and display them. Several people have asked about them, and I tell them the stories. Thanks again for a wonderful experience and the updates you provide. God bless you and your family!! Tina from Frankfort, KY

  46. Judy Sackson Says:

    Always welcome an update on the Royal family and on our two favorites feathered friends! So sorry to hear about the male owl found in the neighborhood. Hope it wasn’t one of the family.
    Let’s have an update on Austin, and keep us in the Molly and McGee loop!
    Safe and happy travels!

  47. Susan Says:

    The ad is most fitting. Yes, there are more owls out there (in the media). I have a “Roxy” brand tee with a barn owl on it (Molly of course!) thank you for all the updates. Happy New year to you two lovebirds.

  48. A Friend of M&M Says:

    Carlos it is so true about Barn Owls showing everywhere. At Cost Plus this year they had Christmas ornament, wrapping paper, wind chimes and other merchandize that were all Barn owls. There are major clothing stores that have barn owl accessories. I have seen barn owl yard animals at nurseries. Look what you started! :)

  49. ao Says:

    Perhaps better even than the increased appearance of owl things on items of merchandise is the realization by farmers and ag cos. that barn owls are their best rodent control, not pesticides. Hence, the explowlsion of boxes. Although we now have a number of owl “families” on the internet, there’s no denying that “Molly & McGee” got it started… with a bit of help from some humans with a spirit of adventure and tech skills. Amazing how much good can come for so many when people do what gives them joy.

  50. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Last Year’s New Year

    January 30, 2011 – McGee Reflecting Light

    Carlos shed light on this amazing photograph of McGee he took by explaining what he saw when he looked upon this stately figure of our “un”common barn owl which, for me, elevated the photograph to an even higher level. What poetry of vision!

  51. Kathie Utt Says:

    Thank you Carlos for remembering us with your very “anxiously awaited” updates. It is good to know Molly & McGee are safe and sound.
    I hope you enjoyed your holidays and here’s to a Happy & Healthy New Year!!

  52. PegRod Says:


    This Thursday, February 2nd (Groundhog Day!), during his regularly scheduled VacaChat show at 6 pm Pacific Time, John “VacaDude” Atkinson hopes to do a Google Earth tour of East Coast lighthouses. Lots of owl box fans enjoy this chance to “see the world” and learn to use this interesting software program.

    In the meantime, Story Time with Zorro, on this past Sunday’s show, focused on an imaginary lighthouse trip and tour by Virtual Owlets Vinky and Vobble and company! VacaDude always covers lots of interesting topics on his shows, including, this week, a brief recount of the story of Cornelia Fort (see Air & Space museum magazine)!

    VacaChat 146 – January 29, 2012

    • PegRod Says:

      VacaChat 147 – February 2, 2012

      In case you missed it, there is a fascinating mini-documentary tour of East Coast lighthouses via Google Earth shown during the regular Thursday night show. John “VacaDude” Atkinson provides something new to learn at every show, for which his fans are grateful – a free education, like the one Carlos Royal gives his followers and fans!

  53. chilifinger Says:

    “What I found most interesting was the symbolism in the ad. Royal and an Owl” … Yep. I’ve been having that same problem, lately, Carlos. But I think there was a time I would not have even noticed the owl in the pretty lady’s hand. -Might have seen the crown, though. Oh well, getting old is still better than the alternative.

    Happy Groundhog Day!

  54. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Post Second Clutch

    I thought I would post a sample of DotRot’s limericks from the Second Clutch experience to give new fans and readers a taste of some of the fun we had in chat. Dot created these while chatting and watching The Owl Box and some MODs were there from the beginning, her very first limerick! It started a poetry revival amng chatters and watchers, and you can find hundreds of poems from other creators both in comments, in photoshopped screenshots, in video creations, as well as on Molly’s Wiki page.

    I will always remember when the first question was, “What’s a haiku?” and then chatter Janetniu, who had never written one before, became the Owl Box Haiku Master! There are many poetry forms such as limericks, haiku, ballads, sonnets, odes, epitaphs, elegies and many more.

    You can only download DotRot’s free pdf booklet from Molly’s Box blog (right here!), but I will give you the link! There is also a volume of First Clutch verses – I think it might be classified as a ballad that tells a story (in limerick form) if you read from beginning to end.

    MODs will laugh (and cry) when they read this first one from the Second Clutch! Now who do you think Dot is quoting!

    It Begins Again
    by DotRot

    Uh, Donna? I’ve got something to say.
    Now don’t get upset. It’s all okay.
    You know those trip plans?
    It’s out of my hands.
    Molly’s come back and plans to stay!


  55. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Second Clutch

    The Final Farewell for the Second Clutch video is packed with goodies. With close to 10,000 views of this recording(not including the live views) you can see why it is a favorite!

    New viewers can find the Ustream index of Owl Box recordings, which are great educational tools, or just to watch when you need to get your mind off of other “stuff”! If you are signed in, please rate these one of a kind recordings, up to 5 stars!

    MODs not only got to follow Molly and McGee and their clutches, but also a bluebird family, and other creatures in the Royal Gardens of San Marcos, CA. Carlos and Austin also surprised fans with some magnificant bonus trips – called “Field and Ustream” by some – to the hunting grounds of McGee and family. While observing this, Carlos and Austin also spotted and treated us to a serendipitous view of barn owlets in a nest in the hollow of an old Sycamore tree!

    Happy Groundhog’s Day! If your winter weather seems too long, go visit San Marcos and San Diego for beautiful weather almost all year long! But don’t forget a stop in Houston, Minnesota to meet with like-minded people at the International Festival of Owls in March!

  56. Royals – Mods – and Friends !!! So good to hear that M&M are in the box. Thank you for the updates. Keeping in touch with all of you here is great. Such good Owl memories, and you should see my owl collection! Pajamas, jewelry, coffee mugs. . . All we need now is a SuperbOWL commercial with M&M !!! Carlos, curious if you will be doing any live updates in the near future? (I’m just hoping !) Have you been contacted by any schools for any upcoming educational sessions since this is the season. Glad you are enjoying your semi “retirement” !! Can’t keep a good man down. Lots of love to you and Donna and the Royal family too ! I will be in Vegas on the 17th of this month, maybe I can stop in at the Owl club ! I’ll report back :) ((((((love your gutz))))

  57. joly2u Says:

    The Las Vegas ad with Royal and barn owl in the same ad certainly seems cognizant of your fame. Thanks so much for keeping us posted on you and M&M. Waiting…waiting….

  58. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    MODs May Have Missed Stuff

    While I was contemplating posting a link to a favorite Owl Box Ustream recording during this intermission, I went to the site and at a glance, a link popped into my vision that I did not remember seeing before. It was always there, like the owls or other birds around us in our communities, but I had not seen it. There is a great collection of backyard birds of California! Enjoy and you can comment, too!

    The link is introduced with, “For outside photos of The Owl Box, Molly and McGee” but it includes many other species of birds, beginning with a baby green heron, a turkey vulture, a great blue heron, and more to discover!

  59. ao Says:

    Very glad to hear M&M are well & canoodling in the box (well, at least preening & snoozing). And that Carlos is enjoying “semi-“retirement.

    Announcement: Sydney (of Mel & Syd) brought her 1st egglet of this clutch into the box & its worldwide online family this morning (Sunday) at 8:16 am. Mom & (big) egglet doing fine.

    I wonder if Syd & Dale (now sitting on her 4) have a California chatline between boxes? Do they PM each other?

    • PegRod Says:

      Great update! Thank you so much, ao.

      There are several Ustream sites for “owlceanside” aka, the Owl Box of Sydney and Mel at Oceanside, California – for those who are link-challenged, the link below is the inside view on Ustream to see Sydney and her egg. Chat is restricted, so you must sign into Ustream to see chat and there is currently no Social Stream.

  60. Gena Says:

    Here is the new link for the blog and access to 4 cam views of Mel and Sydney

  61. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Carlos and Donna

    February 7, 2011 – Desert Camping

    Last year, Carlos treated fans to two striking photos, including one entitled “Oasis in the Desert”. The second includes a relaxed and happy pose by Donna. Some of the desert communities of the Southwest have been turned into literal Paradises with irrigation, hard work and constant care. You may have never seen such heavenly blue skies!

    Blue skies and the February vacation away from San Marcos, CA cleared Carlos’ mind so that he was stimulated to provide some interesting thoughts, predictions and calculations … hmmmm …. thinking and imagining now!

  62. PegRod Says:

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, there are some great gifts you can buy for MODs and owl-loving friends, including one of Chris’ Christmas designs! The heart-shaped red pendant is just perfect for your own Vowlentine.

    There are also matching earrings and all the other coordinated items.

    VacaDude’s 2012 Calendar has selected for February the gorgeous “You Never Forget Your First Love” cartoon of Molly and McGee, Max, Pattison, Austin and Wesley at the Owl Box, which he created for the March 25th Molly & McGee Day! Click on the calendar image and you can see each month.

    I understand that Sydney at the Ustream Oceanside, CA, box has laid her second egg – she is on a roll, since she seems to prefer hardwood flooring to lots of gagshag! (Umm, Dale, could you share some of your luxurious Chula Vista cottontail extravaganza?)

  63. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    First Clutch First Hatch

    I thought that I would post a link to a highlight of the very first hatch that Ustream Owl Box fans saw – a moment from Owl Box history, that will be repeated in many owl boxes in the next two months!

    With the very first blog entry by Carlos, he established that participation and observation were keys to success! Later, many ornithologists watching Ustream would point out that watching these wild common barn owls raise a clutch 24/7 inside an open box, allowed them observations never before possible (and free of mosquito and other insect bites)..

    The Chart Pages were a work of love and hard work, and raises Molly and McGee’s First Clutch up another notch as being a well-studied and documented event. This is a concrete compilation of Carlos’ first blog recommendation to observe and report – final credit goes to Cowliflower, Ethger and TwoCatsMom.

    Grateful virtual hugs to Carlos and the Royal family assistants, Cox Cable, Ustream, Owl Box Moderators, a world of compassionate watchers and 24/7 volunteer crews!

    This is a Valentine Victory – you see, if I am not mistaken, the Owl Box Ustream broadcast was activated on February 14, 2010!

  64. PegRod Says:

    VacaChat Feb 9, 2012
    Valentine Season Poem
    Barn Owl by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser

    Zorro the Mouse read (how does he do that!), among other poems, a beautiful Valentine’s Day poem last night.

    Owl Box fans love Zorro’s regular Thursday night “Poetry Time with Zorro” segment on the Ustream VacaChat show.

    On this site, the author, Ted Kooser, prefaces the poem with thoughts and tips for when you write your own poem for the year – original source is here:

    Quote by Ted Hoower – “This next poem, “Barn Owl,” is one of my annual Valentine [Day] poems. I’ve written 20 years worth of valentines, and “Barn Owl” is one of them. In each of these valentines, I try to either get the word “heart” or the color red or something like that. And you’ll hear the “heart” coming out of this one.”

    Barn Owl
    by Ted Kooser

    High in the chaffy, taffy-colored haze
    of the hayloft, up under the starry
    nail-hole twinkle of the old tin roof,
    there in a nest of straw and baling twine
    I have hidden my valentine for you:
    a white heart woven of snowy feathers
    in which wide eyes of welcome open
    to you as you climb the rickety ladder
    into my love. Behind those eyes is
    a boudoir of intimate darkness, darling,
    the silks of oblivion. And set like a jewel
    dead center in the heart is a golden hook
    the size of a finger ring, to hold you
    always, plumpest sweetheart mouse of mine.

    Countdown to Valentine’s Day 2012 – 4 days
    Chula Vista Owl Box – 4 eggs laid, hatch watch
    Oceanside Owl Box eggs – 3 laid – still laying

    Anyone want to share their own Barn Owl or other owl-related Vowlentine’s poems with us in these comments? Share the love.

    Molly’s Motto – “Gee this is fun, and we are a part of it!”

  65. betty Says:

    Here I am in New England, watching the San Marcos owls since the first clutch, never thinking I would ever get to see one. And tonight our local news station runs a story about a high school project that is making barn owl boxes for a silo for a barn in Vermont!! There were owls there last summer!Sooo Happy!!

  66. betty Says:

    ps…could this be another sign of climate change? not that I’m complaining….lol

  67. Sandra Younger Says:

    Guess what? We put up an owl box two weeks ago, and tonight I heard a funny twittering sound, went out to investigate and saw an owl perched on top the box! It looked to be a female. Then I heard another owl scream from somewhere nearby. WE HAVE OWLS!

  68. Debbie L. Says:

    I am so glad to hear about more owl boxes for our beloved Barn Owls. I have to believe this is another “legacy” from M&M.

    • Sandra Says:

      Absolutely. I had always thought it would be cool to have an owl box, and helpful with rodent control. But watching M&M convinced me, and my family got me a box for Christmas!

      • Jo-Ann Says:

        Lucky you… I would love to have an owl box but I only have a small patio. I do feed the birds but the mice and rats also like to eat the bird food.. I have had the mice/rats get into my vents and die and it has created many nightmares… But I love feeding the birds but sure wish that I could have the owls…

  69. PegRod Says:

    Thanks for sharing, and for putting up owl boxes, too. Barn owl love is blossoming in our earthly atmosphere we all breathe – inhaling and exhaling the owlettabunda now! Ahhhhh … so nice.

  70. PegRod Says:

    Valentine Story Time Theme

    For those who would like to take a trip in your imagination, last night’s Story Time with Zorro was about Zorro, his mouse girlfriend, Zorrina, the Virtual Owlets named Vinky and Vobble, and a Valentine’s menu from ChatterChopz aka CC’s Cafe!

  71. Pat Says:

    Molly and McGee will always hold a special place in my heart. They were my first introduction to the barn owl – and what a wonderful introduction it was! I never knew that barn owls could be so fascinating to watch and learn about. Even though I now watch barn owls on other Ustream channels (and Audubon websites), I always remember my “roots” – the Royal owlbox! Thank you for everything, Carlos and Donna!

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