News from Forest Park’s Great Horned Owl-land

Nicki's Central West End Guide Forest Park  World Bird Sanctuary the Owlman of Forest Park Mark Glenshaw Forest Park Forever  Ever since I ventured out in 2011 on my first owl prowl with Mark Glenshaw (above right), the Owlman of Forest Park, I've been an avid follower of his frequent blog postings documenting the lives of the Great Horned Owls who inhabit a wooded area near The Muny.

Strange as it may sound, due to Glenshaw's rather obsessive observations and postings over the years (he's been doing it since 2005), I've come to think of the owls in almost human terms. But as I've also learned from recent postings, the life of an owl is hardly a walk in the park.

Charles, above, has fared much better than the female owls who have been part of his life. Glenshaw estimates Charles is about 16 to 17 years old, though he could be as old as 24 (the oldest known Great Horned Owl lived to be 30 years old), Nicki's Central West End Guide Forest Park  World Bird Sanctuary the Owlman of Forest Park Mark Glenshaw Forest Park Forever

From 2005 to 2015 Charles and Sarah, above, produced 23 owlets (usually two per nesting), including Christopher and Velvet, shown behind Sarah in Glenshaw’s 2014 photo. The last time Glenshaw saw Sarah was in July 2015. He assumes that she passed away.

Then along came Olivia, who flew the coop before the pair could nest. Olivia was followed by Samantha, who in the 3 1/2 years she and Charles were together produced eggs but never had any successful hatchings. Unfortunately, Samantha died in April 2019 after a valiant attempt to save her life by the World Bird Sanctuary with support from Forest Park Forever and the Humane Society of Missouri.

For those who may be inclined, Glenshaw suggests you make a donation to any of those organizations in the name of Samantha, the Great Horned Owl.

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Just two days after Samantha’s death, Glenshaw was stunned to see a “large and gorgeous female” he named Danielle, above. At 23″ to 24″ she is one of the largest owls Glenshaw has ever seen. At the end of December, Glenshaw reported that Danielle was nesting. However, just last week it seems that raccoons got into the nest. Unfortunate as this is, here is some interesting related information in Glenshaw’s latest post.

“While the loss of the nest is a most unwelcome and crushing development, I do not want to excoriate or spew vitriol at the Raccoons. Just like Great Horned Owls, Raccoons are highly adaptable animals with their own important ecological role. Furthermore, GHOW’s do kill and eat Raccoons-both young and adults. In fact during the entire nesting cycle I saw several predatory attempts by the owls on Raccoons; most of them by Charles and two by Danielle. As such the relationship between CHOW’s and Raccoons is a complex and fascinating one. There are no heroes or villains in nature, just organisms trying to survive and reproduce.”

If you’d interested in learning more about an owl prowl, or scheduling an owl talk, email Mark Glenshaw at mglenshaw@gmail.com. Meanwhile, you can find his blog here.

What the world needs now…

is love sweet love, and here are some ideas from neighborhood shops that might wrap that up for you.

From The Silver Lady:

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From left, a garnet-studded sterling silver bracelet $179, red glass heart charm $20, sterling silver heart necklace, $162, and far right, garnet and black-lipped oyster shell earrings $108.

Middle row: garnet ring with 5 stones $60, white glass heart charm, $20, drop earrings with 3 different-sized garnets $68, striking Alunite mineral $20.

Top row: round garnet ring $100, diamond-shaped garnet ring $60, and filigree earrings with marquis-shaped garnets $60.

The Silver Lady, 4736 McPherson, (314) 367-7587, Wed.-Fri. 12 to 5:30, Sat. 11 to 6, Sun. 12 to 4. Closed Mon. & Tues.

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Clockwise from lower left: “Appointed” lined notebooks $24, Valentine’s cards $5.50, each, peach-hued tutu $52, heart-shaped  suitcase, $16 (larger version $18, not shown), meri meri hair clips, bobby pins, and barrettes, $10-$12, and Valentine’s stickers, $8.

Holliday, 4600 Olive St., (314) 454-5858, Mon. -Thurs. 10 to 4, Fri. – Sat, 10 to 6, Sun. 10 to 4.

At Mary Ann’s Tearoom and Enchanting Embellishments:

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Valentine’s High Tea, 11 to 3, $38.50, includes non-alcoholic beverages and 3 courses: scones with Devonshire Cream, mini-tea sandwiches, and mini-cheesecakes, assorted macrons, and fresh strawberries. Reservations required, (314) 361-5303.

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At Enchanting Embellishments, from left: pink cowgirl boots, size 11, $100, old-fashioned “Be Mine Valentine” $14, and quilted “Love” purse $110. On table, rhinestone bracelet, $115, drop earrings, $54.95,

Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson, Tues. – Sun. 10 to 5, closed Mon.

At The Vino Gallery,

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The Vino Gallery’s Proprietor Alex Head suggests a bottle of Collet Champagne Brut Rose, $44, as the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Purchase in store or online via Drink Dispatch, where you’ll get a 10% discount using code DRINKNEW.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson, Tues. – Weds. 1 to 6, Thurs.1 to 9, Fri. & Sat. 1 to 10. Closed Sun. & Mon.

At Provisions St. Louis:

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Back row: The Wisdom of Wonder Woman, $14.95 (a super heroine who stands for strength, wisdom, justice & love), I Love You Because, $14.99, a fill in the blank book that includes “an awkward moment I love.”

Middle row: Love, long stick matches, $12, Lubin’s Jardin Rouge Eau de Perfume, $130. Other scents from Lubin Paris include Black Jade, created for Marie Antoinette, and Gin Fizz that had Grace Kelly as its muse. Ben’s Tray’s Nine of Hearts, $56, is far right.

Bottom row:  Ben’s Tray’s Heart You, $76, Louis Sherry chocolate truffles packaged in an enameled tin keepsake box, $35, The Red Book of Good Luck, $14.95.

Provisions St. Louis, 228 N. Euclid, Tues. to Sat. 11 to 7ish, Sun. 12 to 5.

At Left Bank Books:

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photo courtesy of Shane Mullen

Bottom row: Candy Club “I Love You S’More” $5.99, 642 Things About You (That I Love) $9.95, Truth or Dare for Couples, $8.95, a fill in the blanks book Things I Love About Us, $10.

Second row: Happy Valentine’s Day Love, Mad Libs $9.99, I Love you in a Gay Way greeting card $5, Left Bank Books mug $12.99, Spike’s Blend Tea by Traveling Tea $9.50, Paint Chip Poetry $19.95.

Back row: Love Poems, $14.99, Cookies & Cocktails $19.99, I Love You More Than Chocolate chocolate card, $9, Mix-Tape Potluck Cookbook by Questlove, $29.99.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731, Mon. – Sat. 10 to 10, Sun. 11 to 6.

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St. Louis Art Supply, 4582 Olive St., Tues. – Fri. 8 to 7, Sat. & Sun. 9 to 7.

West End Grill & Pub’s staff rescues barred owl

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From General Manager and Bartender Caytee Bretz:

“Love my team at WEGAP. They rescued a barred owl today. They found him in the alley next to the restaurant with a broken wing. The World Bird Sanctuary immediately dispatched an amazing lady to come pick him up. My lovely team kept him safe, warm and cozy while she was on her way. She gave us his patient number so we can check to see how he is doing. And we can even be there for when they release him back into the area 😭😭♥️

And as of now, we are calling him Owlie. Get it? ALLEY/OWLIE?
Everyone send your good vibes Owlie’s way.”— at West End Grill & Pub, 354 N. Boyle.