Owl Boxes Installed in Select Parks

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Owl Boxes Installed in Select Parks
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By the City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department recently installed owl boxes in multiple parks ahead of owl nesting season. 

The chosen parks, Mission Historical Park, MacKenzie Park, and La Mesa Park, were selected based on their proximity to open areas for the birds to forage and hunt, and their distance from roads and potential for human disturbance. Each owl box has been mounted to a tree to mimic the birds' natural nesting environment and provide shade during the hottest part of the day. 

Barn owls are expected to begin their search for nesting locations in January. Staff will monitor the boxes for activity and hope for young owls in early spring.

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Channelfog Nov 30, 2022 02:34 AM
Owl Boxes Installed in Select Parks

Fabulous! Owls and other raptors are the best pest control; organic and free . Please do not use rat poison as it kills the young ones before they leave the nest. I once went to see progress of a Great Horned nest on the El Mirador Estate, only to find all the chicks dead; rat poison had been applied liberally that week.

tagdes Nov 29, 2022 09:05 PM
Owl Boxes Installed in Select Parks

I walked out and watched them right before dusk and saw them with a major confrontation with a White-tail Kite and 2 Northern Harriers all harassing the Owls.

ZeroHawk Nov 29, 2022 09:44 AM
Owl Boxes Installed in Select Parks

so cool! SBCC has many great horned owls and barn owls. West Campus ravine has four very large great horned owls. Daughter, dog and I take out the IR scope at night and watch them hunt. It's so fun. If you're still, quiet, respectful, they will stay in the area and hunt and hoot while you're there. Gotta be still and quiet though. East campus near the point and the service road leading to the tennis courts, is full of owls at night as well.

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