Behind the scenes with ''Hoot'''s owl trainer
Behind the scenes with ''Hoot'''s owl trainer -- Jennifer Henderson explains her job on the set
For the movie Hoot, trainer Jennifer Henderson had her hands full with Wil, Jimmy, and Carl — not director Wil Shriner, actor Jimmy Buffett, or author Carl Hiaasen — but three burrowing owls named for them. She taught the birds to walk on cue over the course of two months by tempting them with crickets and then sounding a buzzer to reinforce the behavior. ”It’s classic Pavlov,” she says.