An owl box hanging in a tree near the edge of a field.

WLT Owl Box 1

WLT Owl Box 1

Welcome to the Westmoreland Land Trust Bird Nest Box 1 located at the Saint Xavier property in Latrobe, PA.ย 

St. Xavier Nature Preserve is 248 acres and was recently purchased by the Westmoreland Land Trust. It is located off Route 30 in Unity Township, Pa., immediately south of the Saint Vincent College campus, and just 0.3 miles from the college’s Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. As the crow flies, the nest box is exactly 1 mile from Saint Vincent’s Dupre Science Pavilion where our Biological Sciences Department is housed. The nest boxes are located at the edge of a grassy area with shrubs and scattered trees behind the boxes. The property is mostly agricultural in nature–now planted with native grasses, and a couple streams and patches of woods exist nearby.

Given the proximity between this property and the college, we look forward to helping the Westmoreland Land Trust maintain St. Xavier in a natural state with a high potential for conservation activities and biological studies. Saint Vincent faculty and students maintain this nestbox for the purposes of research, education, and public outreach. PixCams, Inc. (, donated the camera and associated infrastructure, as part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. James Kellam at Saint Vincent College.

The property is the former site of the St. Xavier Academy and convent for the Sisters of Mercy. The private school for girls (grades 1-12) and boys (grades 1-8) suffered a great fire in 1972, closed, and was demolished. The Academy had its start on property now owned by Saint Vincent College and Archabbey when the Sisters arrived there in 1843. They moved from what is today’s college campus to a neighboring farm donated by one of the Archabbey’s parishioners. See… for more history.

Camera Information

We are using a small 2 mega pixel IP type camera inside the box that has a wired ethernet cable and is PoE (powered over ethernet). The camera is live streaming it YouTube using our EZ Streamer product (

๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€: Type “!commands” into the chat box for a list of common questions/answers about this live stream.ย 

๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฆ: 1. Be nice to everyone; if it’s not nice, don’t say it. 2. Keep it clean and privacy-safe for all. 3. Use common sense. No controversial topics, no offensive remarks, racial, gender or other stereotypes, no posts that are political, religious or excessive in personal detail. No post related to adult beverages or substances. 4. Go easy on the emoji; one is fine; three is getting close to a flock. 5. Turn off the CAPS locks key. 6. Make friends and enjoy the company of others. Wander a bit in conversation, but not too far off the path for too long. 7. No self-promoting of your YouTube channel or other social media account without permission. 8. No talk of killing the animals/birds seen on camera.

๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐— ๐—ฆ: No drama please. Should someone ruffle your feathers, let water roll off a duckโ€™s back. Pretend that trolls are invisible; we donโ€™t encourage feeding them. Leave moderation to the moderators. We block trolls, solicitors, spammers and those with disruptive agendas.

๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐— ๐—ข๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก: Please promote only PixCams and our official partners or sponsors. We ask that you not redirect to other channels. We thoroughly enjoy being able to use our technology to share these educational experiences and unique insights into nature with our viewers. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to broadcast wildlife to our viewers!

ยฉ PixCams Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from PixCams is strictly prohibited1