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Hoot and Holla Appearing at The Water Conservation Garden

A mated pair of barn owls has taken up residence at The Water Conservation Garden, just a year after an owl-nesting box, equipped with an infrared video camera, was installed. The owls, named Hoot and Holla by Garden staff, can be viewed online at the Garden’s website,

The Garden hopes that the arrival of the owls will help to naturally control the exploding rabbit population that nibbles on its exhibits. “Rabbits, as well as gophers and other rodents, are natural prey of the barn owls,” says Education Specialist Pam Meisner, who led the efforts to get the owl box installed. “Having a pair of barn owls to hunt the rabbit population means that The Garden does not have to use chemicals or other potentially harmful means of controlling their numbers.”

Meisner will present an owl education program, Ms. Smarty Plants Gives a Hoot, at 10 a.m., April 9, in the Garden’s amphitheater.
Opened in 1999, The Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting water conservation in the landscape through exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public.

Location: 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon 92019. For more information, call 619-985-8337 or visit

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