The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is installing what it calls an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective form of pest control– a barn owl nest box.
The shelter said it is encouraging residents to learn more about neighborhood barn owls and owl nest boxes, so it is inviting the public to an Owl Box Raising on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. The nest box and installation is being donated by Humane Wildlife Control, and the company will host a talk about barn owls and poison-free rodent control before the box is installed.
According to the shelter, a properly placed box will attract owls, and a barn owl family is capable of consuming 4,000 rodents every year. The shelter said the boxes replace the need for harmful chemicals that have been linked to the deaths of bobcats, foxes, coyotes, hawks and other animals.