Several barn owls were fitted with bands at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District Friday.
It is an unlikely home for the baby owls, but the first eggs were discovered at a construction site a year ago.
By February, Salinas High School’s Green Academy had built homes. The first eggs were spotted in them in April.
They’ve been a big help to the facility by helping to control the rodent population that has been a problem in the past.
Friday, the baby birds were fitted with bands that will allow biologists to learn more about their life spans and their exposure to pesticides.
They are expected to be ready to leave the nest at the end of July, but biologists say that it’s likely many of them will stay at the facility.