Congratulations Austin Faure

December 18, 2013





This past Monday Austin completed his BA studies in Graphic Media Art with straight “A’s.”  Graduation ceremonies will not be until April. Time does fly by when you are having fun.  He completed his BA in 2.5 years, but there is no rest for him. On Tuesday he started his post BA study classes at Platt College and will continue his education for another 6 months specializing in videography, 3D Dynamics and advanced web design. While at Platt College he started their Live Broadcast Department.  Platt College can now broadcast, (live stream), their graduation ceremonies and other events. Remember when I did it with my iPhone?  It was really bad, but at least I shared the moment. Thanks to Austin, Platt College now can do live green screen compositing and multi-camera HD broadcasting using advanced audio setups. He is the manager of their Live Broadcast Department.

Austin also just returned from a video-taping trip to Arizona where he was the camera operator and director of video production and aerial media project for NRG Solar, a Fortune 500 company. Ryan Lee Media, the company that helped Austin produce his owl videos, is producing informational and promotional material on the world’s largest panel solar plant for NRG. Austin is working with Ryan Lee Media on the project which will require videoing in not only Arizona but also California and Nevada.

Donna, Austin and I would like to thank everyone that supported Austin and made possible his college education. He is the first in his family to get a college degree.

Again, Thank You.

Carlos, Donna and Austin

P.S. Yes, it is okay to stand up and clap and share in the moment.  You were a part of it.

89 Responses to “Congratulations Austin Faure”

  1. This brought tears to my eyes! And I DID stand up and clap! Fantastic! Congratulations to all!!

  2. Teatime Says:

    Congratulations to Austin. We are still keeping the Molly and McGee chat up…..even though we have no owls. Stop in and say hello to the faithful followers. “Gee that was fun, and we are all glad to be a part of it.”

  3. janie2 Says:

    I’m not standing up, I’m jumping up! I loaned my 2 Austin DVDs to a friend and I was a nervous wreck til she brought them back. They are precious to me. Yes, I was part of it. So proud of Austin.

  4. Treece Says:

    Congrats to Austin!! Best of luck to him in all his future endeavors. He will go far!!

  5. Kenneth Patchen Says:

    I can see Barn Owls everywhere dipping a wing tonight as they fly past the school. Who woulda thunk owls would send a human to college.

  6. Nancy (Mauimom53) Says:

    Whoot Whoot!!! Congratulations to Austin and family. We are so proud to have been part of this too. Merry Christmas to you all!

  7. imtresbien Says:

    Austin, take a bow! Congratulations for your achievement and impressive perseverance. How fortunate it is that a common barn owl led you to your life’s passion and work. Raising a glass to you, your family and grandparents, and to the memory of Molly & McGee.

  8. Pat Christianson Says:

    Great BIG clappy thingies for Austin. Thanks so much for keeping us updated, the magic continues. (herpnut)

  9. Carolyn Hirsch Says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us. What an accomplishment and it all started with two little owls. I’m an owl-lover now and you’re a graduate. WAY to go!

  10. Congratulations Austin, I know that this is just the beginning for you. I’m very proud that you have completed your BA in such a fine manner. You may not realize it, but you had a whole lot of mods and moderators pulling for you. Even though we are spread out all over the country, there will be a collective cheer going up for you tonight (and possibly for many nights)!!!!

    May you continue to always seek knowledge and always go forward with your love of nature. We never ever stop learning and you made it possible, through your collaboration with your family and of course Molly & McGee, to educate and entertain generations of owl lovers throughout the world.

    Hugz & many <3's from Couleedam (Nora)

  11. Jo-Ann Says:

    So happy for you Austin…. Thanks for sharing and continue to let us know how you are doing.. And, Any news of any owls in the owl box??????????

  12. Pat Williamson Says:

    Congratulations to Austin! So pleased that he is living his dream! Can’t wait to see where he goes with all his talent.

  13. Rhonda Contreras Says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for keeping us posted, Carlos and Donna.

  14. MtnGal Says:

    Congratulations Austin!!! So proud of you!! 2.5 years WOW

  15. Ginny Says:

    Congratulations to Austin and you. You have been a big part of his life and have helped to make this possible. With all of his talent and determination I am sure we will hear more wonderful news about him. I send my best wishes.

  16. Sharon Palac Says:

    Huzzah! We all invested very well in an intelligent and caring young man’s education. It doesn’t get any better than that!

  17. Linda Greene Says:

    Congrats Austin and family!! Will be watching in April.

  18. Katy Says:

    Bravo,Austin!!! You have made all of us proud!!! Congratulations and best wishes on your upcoming studies.

  19. sl dausch Says:

    Austin, what can I say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! and if I could stand up I would be jumping with joy for you and your family, all your hard work and determination have brought you a long way, and I thank you for letting us be a part of your joy

  20. Jo Says:

    Yea Austin! Please thank your Grandparents too! Your production company, when you start it should have a Barn Owl in the name or logo! Merry Christmas to you all!
    Hugz!! “dennens”

  21. Judy Sackson Says:

    How fantastic! Austin must know that all of the MODs out here are so proud and happy and feel so good about having a small part in such a great accomplishment! It sounds as if he is well on his way in his career already. Congratulations to all of you!

  22. Jean Says:

    Congratulations Austin! You can’t make this stuff up…and all of this because of a family of owls. Is that Hollywood calling? Carlos and Donna, thanks for the updates. Keep them coming. We need good news like this. You both have to be so proud and rightfully so. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  23. Austin Faure Says:

    Thanks for all your support!! It means a lot! Definitely couldn’t have done it without you guys!
    – Austin

  24. Linley Morris Says:

    Congratulations Austin, you are an amazing young man who we all know will go far in life and it all started with Molly & Magee! Carlos, Donna and your whole family have a beautiful Christmas and New Year!

  25. Sherrie aka Sharoot Says:

    Congratulations Austin! Clappy thingys! Molly was indeed magical in many ways, look at what she has done for you! Although I think your hard work has had quite a lot to do with your success. Keep it up, we are all so proud of you!
    Wishing you and your whole family a Merry Christmas!

  26. Kathy Bowman Says:

    All I can say is WOW! Congratulations Austin – job well done. And congratulations to your family – from what I can see, wonderful people all. We all watched with rapt attention as owlets in the Molly and McGee family fledged and now Austin you have fully fledged. Best wishes for wonderful flights in your life.

  27. Sherrie (Sher67) Says:


    Congrats to you. You have made us all proud of you.

    Who would have thought that a common barn owl, who was not common at all, would have brought all of us together and helped in your education.

    You have a wonderful loving and proud family, as well as a large network of MODS pulling for you.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you Austin, Donna, Carlos and the whole family.

  28. Sherry Says:

    Fantastic! Congratulations, Austin. So happy to read this news. Am thrilled and grateful to be a part of it! (((Clap clap clap)))

    Sherry Boyle (aka flukestail)

  29. Torre Says:

    Congratulations Austin!!! Great job!

  30. revmmg44 Says:

    Carlos thank you for sharing the wonderful news about Austin. I am so proud of him. And you had a big part of helping him achieve his enthusiasm for all things videography. And I was part of it. :-)

  31. Bev Unger Says:

    Terrific! So glad things are going well. Thank you for the updates – always nice to hear from old friends. Merry Christmas!

  32. fran53 Says:

    I know how very proud you are of your grandson!! He is a remarkable and extraordinary young man. He will achieve so much success and many significant contributions and accomplishments in his life. We are all so very proud of your genius grandson. Congratulations, Austin!! Way to go…..

  33. Rita Edwards Says:

    Congrats Austin! And congrats to donna and Carlos for supporting their grandson for this accomplishment

  34. Donna Says:

    Wonderful news, congrats to Austin! All of you must be so proud, I’m sure he will go far in life. I still watch my Molly DVDS, they will always be special to me. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and please keep us posted, we love hearing news from The Royals!

  35. Judy Ambrose Says:

    Carlos, I always knew we were making a great investment. And we got the pleasure of owning an amazing CD. Merry Christmas to you and all of yours. Great to hear from you and a huge Congrats to Austin!!!

  36. Michelle Shedoudy Says:

    I have to repeat what many others have shared..thank God for two little owls that came in to our lives and brought us Carlos, Donna and you Austin. Congratulations big time to you for going after your dreams. We were the lucky ones ~ sharing in your endeavors. I’ll raise a glass to you tonight and to Carlos and Donna too! Merry Christmas and God Bless.

  37. Jan Halstead Says:

    I am one proud MOD. You did a wonderful job, Austin and we think of you as a family member. Let us know more in the months ahead.

  38. Lucy Sanders Says:

    Congratulations, Austin!!! Wow, “and we were there” Thank you Carlos and Donna for inviting us into your backyard, your home, your life. and the wonderful world of Molly & McGee! I will never forget that time and consider it a large highpoint in my life! I hope you all have a wonderful and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Take care,
    Lucy (silent MOD from Troy, Ohio) :-)

  39. ruthiesmom2 Says:

    Austin, Carlos, Donna, and Family,
    Your “extended” owlbox family are smiling ear to ear with happiness for you. Well beyond the thrilling “sights and sounds” IN the owlbox we all observed, the warm, supportive interactions of your family, (Who – these days – gets to spend such quality time with their grandparents? in such an amazing adventure???), the endless list of lessons learned, patience, kindness, restraint, persistence, on and on, will always be a better part of our lives now. All these things, plus hope for a grand future is in our most heartfelt wishes for you.
    Ruthiesmom, aka Chris P in MI
    ahem > who btw, is drinking from her Molly mug, (on my right). And, has my Molly’s Story disc directly to my left : ) Also, yesterday looking for new machine to replace owlwatching dead DT, and dying LT, got the goofiest look from the salesguy when I insisted it must have an optical drive to view my barn owl disc. LOL If they’re Not one of the 20 Million, they just don’t get it ;)

  40. lilbirdz Says:

    Clappy dudes! Clappy dudes! for Austin! It’s amazing to think that helping Carlos get on Ustream helped you get a college education. Our smallest choices can have a major impact. I am sure that your employer will also be glad that you were chosen. Congrats (in memory of Molly and McGee) to you and to your wonderful family


  41. maryjozwi Says:

    Congratulations Austin! Well done!

  42. Elizabeth Mason Says:

    Thank you for letting us know about this achievement–it’s thrilling to share it.

  43. SARose69 Says:

    Never doubted that he would be a high achiever! Congrats!

  44. Laurel Burden Says:

    There were a lot of “Firsts” in our adventures with Molly and McGee. Congratulations to Austin and thanks for the memories!

  45. Says:

    We are so proud of you all! Austin is a gem and such a blessing, I feel as though I’ve been part of something great! THANK YOU!

    A Molly Watcher

  46. erindort Says:

    Well done, dear Austin!!
    It is my pleasure to congratulate you and remember your “beginnings”. You are a fine young man, and we are very proud of your success,

  47. Bonita Lyon Says:

    Congratulations Austin!! Wow, that is some accomplishment! Proud of you!!! Miss you all so much!

  48. Carol Stanley Says:

    Congratulations Austin! Great job. Sure miss the owl box!

  49. Napaelle Says:

    Congrats to Austin and yes, I remember supporting him and enjoying every minute of it! Best of luck and soon we will see your name in the big lights!

  50. Susan Belloff Says:

    Congratulations, Austin! “You done good!!!” You should be very proud of your accomplishments. Good luck with your current endeavors. I still marvel at the fact that a little barn owl had such an impact on so many people…well, an owl and your grampa! :)

  51. CAequuslvr Says:

    I have a really BIG grin on my face. Kudos to Austin. Well done. Our investment in your education was well placed. When I watch my Molly DVDs I can say that not only are they fond, special memories, but they were the beginning of a very bright career for a special, talented, young man.
    I am so pleased to have been a part of it. Deet, deet deet.

  52. debbie Says:

    yay, austin!! **throws confetti**
    well done, young padawan…well done!



  53. Says:

    Congratulations Austin.

  54. Shirley Charlton Says:

    Way to go, Austin! Congratulations!

  55. cairosyrup Says:

    Congrats, Austin! Blessings to your family for your wonderful future. So proud to have been a tiny part of your lives.


  56. Phyllis Benson Says:

    Congrats Austin!! Well done!!

  57. Deb (aka buckibird) Says:

    Way to go Austin :) Clappy things ! A huge congrats to you for all of your hard work and dedication ! I’m so glad to have been a part of it thru Molly & McGee !

  58. Betty Mitchell Says:

    Loud applause!! Congratulations to Austin and the whole Royal family! Keep following your dreams!

  59. FloridaSkye Says:

    Congratulations, Austin! You are such a talented young man and I know you will go far. I am so glad to have met you through Molly and McGee.

    FloridaSkye (Sarah)

  60. Laurie Says:

    Congratulations, Austin! Time does indeed fly. Hoping to hear more about your career as it unfolds. All the best to you!

    …and Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Laurie Bishop (Laurie500)

  61. Congratulations Austin on your academic achievement and future endeavors ………..Gee that was fun !!!

  62. Sue Couch Says:

    Well, how wonderful is that…way to go Austin! What a great Christmas present to all of us Molly/McGee watchers! It was great to be involved in this collaborative online streaming/educational event! Congrats to you, Austin, and to all of us. May your life flight be as wonder-filled as watching the Molly show in the owl box. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family and Carlos and Donna.

  63. Betty Rexrode Says:

    Good job, well done! Great memories thinking back to where this all started.
    Austin….I wish you all the best in your future studies and in life.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Betty Rexrode

  64. Janice Says:

    So very happy for your accomplishment, Austin. Best of luck in future endeavors. Love anything that reminds me of Molly and McGee, brought to us by Carlos, Donna and Austin. Congrats!!

  65. Margaret Kremer Says:

    Well done! Congrats to all!

  66. June Schafer Says:

    Congratulations Austin!! You are on your way and we can say, “We knew when”……when you recorded the life of Barn Owls and when you and Grandpa sat in a field streaming those owls hunting and snatching their dinner. So very happy for you!!

  67. gmarch53 Says:

    Yay Austin!!! You are Owlsome! What a wonderful experience and I am so happy to humbly say ‘I was part of it.’

  68. Marianne Says:

    Austin, our owlet has fledged into an independent talented owl. There could be no better ending to this glorious story. Looking forward to seeing your name in the credits of films. All of us are so proud of your accomplishments! Carlos and Donna and the Faure family, thank you for sharing your lives as well as the owls with us. Ever forward! Marifan56/Marianne

  69. Evi Adams Says:

    We had such a great time together in the owl box and the great times continue!!! Congratulations to Carlos, Donna and the entire family!!! Keep us posted so we can continue to celebrate your accomplishments! Love from Danbury, CT

  70. Lisa. Burns Says:

    Congrats to Austin!!!! Clapping!!! God Bless and Merry Christmas to Carlos, Donna, Austin, and entire Owl Family! Great to hear from you Carlos! : )

  71. Pam in MO Says:

    Way To Go Austin!!! congratulations on a job well done. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your success. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and God Bless.

  72. Cheryl Gordon Says:

    Congratulations! We were lucky to have your talent that allowed us to be part of the wonderful M & M experience. You have a great future ahead of you. Happy Holidays to the whole family.

  73. Kate C. Says:

    How blessed we all are to be here to celebrate this day and to see Austin following his passion toward a successful and fulfilling career! Congratuations, Austin on every one of those outstanding grades and on your many accomplishments! And a degree in only 2.5 years! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it, Carlos and Donna. We look forward to watching the live stream of the graduation next April. Starting and now managing the Live Broadcast Dept. of Platt college, hmm? Sounds like he takes after his amazing grandpa! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to a most wonderful family!

  74. Sherry Kelly Says:

    Super news! Congratulations to Austin, you, and all of the family. You made all us MODs proud, Austin!

  75. Kim and Dave Gorman Says:

    Fantastic news about our favorite owl videographer!!! Way to go, Austin. You have several honorary aunts and uncles very happy for you!

  76. selena Says:

    Congratulations Austin! I guess you can say that we have been following you just like we have followed the owls as they were nurtured, then fledged, just like you are doing in your life. Thanks for letting us be part of your “fledgling” years.

  77. I had no doubt in my mind that with your determination you would do great Austin !!! Continue the good work and way to follow your dreams !!! I am amazed that you and kids like you are our future ! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it ! xoxoxo love the Royal family always. Merry Christmas and I cannot wait until April when we can hopefully all watch you graduate !!!! Molly and McGee are so proud of you!

  78. Betty Mitchell Says:

    Merry Christmas Carlos, Donna and Austin! I just unwrapped my 2014 Molly The Owl calendar that my son got me for Christmas. LOVE the pictures and the memories it brought back to mind. Continued blessings to you and your family.

  79. sandy/Racoona Says:

    Hey, that is soo owlsome. Austin, your gonna make it big, i can tell. Congrats!

  80. Christy Meredith Says:

    I work for West Virginia University here in Morgantown, and we have a lot of first generation college grads, something in which we take great pride. This is a great lesson about how ‘real world’ experience, hard work and dedication, along with guidance and interest from family can enhance college education. You are off to a great start, and I know you will go far. And to think that two barn owls helped make it happen…………

  81. CAequuslvr Says:

    Here’s wishing each and everyone in the Molly & McGee family a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

  82. erindort Says:

    Jan 26th == Happy Birthday, Carlos!!!!
    Hope it was a good one.

  83. CAequuslvr Says:

    Belated Happy Birthday wishes.

    Carlos, I keep waiting for this year’s predictions–hint, hint.

    Hope all is well with everyone.

  84. J. Barreras Says:

    Am so happy for Austin. What a go-getter!! Happy Belated Birthday, Carlos. Best wishes to you and your family on all the successes we’ve been allowed to be a part of over the years.

  85. joly2u Says:

    And Happy Birthday Carlos, may each year be better than the one before.

  86. CAequuslvr Says:

    Barn Owls are the answer. Wildomar, a city in Southern California about 40 minutes from the M&M owl box, will be putting up owl boxes at their new park. Why? For what they do best, ecofriendly rodent control. The wineries nearby have been using this effective solution for years. I think we all congratulate Wildomar for their “enlightened” thinking.

    It is has been four years since we first met Molly, McGee and the wonderful Royals. We will always be part of the family, community that shared those wonderful, magical experiences.

    I hope all the MODs are doing well.

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