Teton Raptor Center’s Poo-Poo Project Expands to 50 States
Effort to protect birds of prey sells 10,000th screen and adds 33 national park sites
JACKSON, Wyo. – The Teton Raptor Center’s Poo-Poo Project, an effort to protect wild birds of prey from a foul death inside wilderness-area outhouse tanks, has soared past toward its goal of installing life-saving screens in all 50 states. Since June 1, the Poo-Poo Project has added 14 states -- Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Tennessee and most recently, Delaware -- to its rapidly expanding list of partner sites, bringing the project to 50 states overall. Much of the expansion has been due to interest from the National Park Service, with 33 new national park sites signing on in 2017.
The Poo-Poo Project is the Teton Raptor Center’s effort to save countless numbers of wild, cavity-nesting birds, often native owls and kestrels that prefer snug, dark places to nest, from becoming trapped in vault toilets through the ventilation pipes at many outdoor recreation spaces in America. After entering the pipes that mimic nature’s natural cavities, the birds get stuck in the “basement,” or holding tanks, of the toilets and suffer a most gruesome fate.
To battle this foul epidemic, TRC developed an efficient and inexpensive solution: a custom Poo-Poo Screen. When affixed to the top of a vault toilet ventilation pipe, the screen prevents birds of prey and other wildlife from entering the pipes and becoming trapped. Public land agencies purchase Poo-Poo Screen directly from Teton Raptor Center. Individuals can sponsor a screen for only $35 and TRC will donate the screens where they are needed most.
“No creature alive deserves to be stuck at the bottom of one of those outhouses and we want to do whatever we can to save these majestic birds,” said David Watson, director of development for TRC. “National parks have so much visibility with the public, especially during the summer vacation travel season, which gives us a great opportunity to promote awareness of the raptors’ plight. We want to see the Poo-Poo Project continue to grow into every public land agency and protect more birds of prey.”
The Poo-Poo Project recently achieved an impressive conservation milestone as Missoula Concrete Construction, a national provider of vault toilet concrete toilets and a long-time supporter of the Poo-Poo Project, purchased the 10,000th Poo-Poo Screen. Their conservation-minded staff has also added a free Teton Raptor Center Poo-Poo Screen option for its vault toilets.
“We are very proud to support the TRC’s Poo-Poo Project and will continue to do our part in ensuring the safety of all wild birds that come in contact with our vault toilets,” said Adam Bauer, owner of Missoula Concrete Construction.
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About Teton Raptor Center:
Teton Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization that began in 1991 when two field biologists working in Grand Teton National Park began caring for injured raptors out of their home. The organization now cares for more than 140 injured birds per year at its fully equipped rehabilitation facility and has expanded its mission to include education and research programs. The Poo-Poo Project is funded through donations from private citizens through TRC’s Sponsor-A-Screen program, as well as grants from philanthropic and conservation organizations. For more information on Teton Raptor Center and the Poo-Poo Project, visit http://tetonraptorcenter.org/.