11th Street Owl  LbNA # 13263

Placed DateJan 30 2005
LocationHouston, TX
Found By Giant Eyeball!
Last Found Jul 6 2013
Hike Distance?

For those who love the woods, the 11th Street Nature Preserve is an urban oasis—a patch of old growth forest in the middle of near Northwest Houston. In fact, it is one of the few old growth stands of trees in the entire area (even the Arboretum is re-growth after the Camp Logan Days). We’ve spent a lot of time enjoying these trails and admiring the varied wildlife that call it home. In fact, on the day we planted Owl, there was some kind of red-headed woodpecker making its presence known. This box is named after an owl we saw near here on a magical snowy Christmas Eve, 2004.

To solve this box, you’ll need to look up the name of the Mascot of Rice University (our Alma Mater, by the way). It looks like this:
_ _ _ _ _ the _ _ _.

Once you’ve done so, convert the letters to numbers, using the code A=1, B=2, etc to Z=26. Then, add the numbers together to get your total (don’t include the “the”). This will be your number of steps.

To get to 11th Street Park from 1-10, exit TC Jester and head north. At 11th street, turn left, then right on Shelterwood. Turn left on Wister and park. Your starting point is the trail across from 6110 Wister (the trail closest to the corner of Wister and Shelterwood).

At the first junction, go right. At the next junction, turn left and begin to count your steps, veering to the right whenever there is a choice. You should finish up at a leaning pine tree in the middle of the trail (a seven year old with a shorter stride than an adult counted these, so bear that in mind). From this tree, look northwest to a group of three maples not far off the trail. Our Owl is hanging out in the middle of these trees, well covered by twigs, pine needles and leaves.

Give us a hoot and let us know how the Owl is doing.