“WHOO” Has a Holiday Gift Idea?

Sponsor a Poo-Poo screen to save owls and other cavity-nesting birds
this season

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After successfully covering more than 7,700 exposed pipes west of the
Mississippi, Teton Raptor Center’s Poo-Poo Project has set its sights on
the eastern half of the U.S. – and it’s looking for some help this
holiday season.

The Poo-Project, a nationally award-winning conservation program, has
saved countless owls, kestrels and other cavity nesting birds from
becoming fatally entrapped in ventilation pipes of vault toilets. Now
TRC is hunting for partners to help bring its simple, life-saving
solution to public lands in the East and to begin making progress toward
its goal of covering pipes on the estimated 50,000 outdoor toilets
across the country. Individuals can sponsor a Poo-Poo screen for just
$35, making it an ideal gift for that special someone who has everything.

The Poo-Poo Project got its start in an unlikely and unappealing spot —
the collection pit of a permanently installed, non-flushing toilet. In
2010, a visitor to Boise National Forest was shocked to see two yellow
eyes staring up at her from the waste pit. A small owl had become
trapped there after flying down the toilet’s ventilation pipe. News of
this owl’s predicament quickly spread throughout the conservation
community, reaching the staff at the Teton Raptor Center — and an
effort to prevent other birds from suffering the same fate was born.

Since 2013, TRC’s Poo-Poo Project has distributed 7,888 Poo-Poo Screens
through 215 partners in 30 states. It’s a simple, low-cost solution –
each screen costs approximately $30 and takes minutes to install – that
doesn’t interfere with pipe ventilation, but does prevent birds from
dying in a truly awful environment.

“It’s rare to find a straightforward fix in the world of wildlife
conservation, but the Poo-Poo Project is a perfect example of it,” said
Amy McCarthy, executive director of the Teton Raptor Center. “The same
low-cost screen that covers a pipe in Denali National Park also works on
a vault toilet in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once we worked
out a solution to save birds in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem we knew we
had to take the Poo-Poo Project to all 50 states.”

TRC has been on a roll in 2016, adding 2,036 screens through 85 partners
in 14 new states, and is now 60 percent to its 50-state goal. In October
alone, TRC received requests for more than 115 screens that will be
placed from Alaska to New Hampshire. The Alaska Department of Fish and
Game will install screens in various Fairbanks-area campgrounds while
the Appalachian Mountain Club has requested Poo-Poo screens for its hut
system, which is the oldest in the U.S.

What draws birds to these pipes? Some owls and other birds nest in dark
cavities such as hollow trees and rock niches. Chimneys, ventilation
pipes and other types of man-made cavities also fit the bill nicely —
until the birds become trapped. While the ventilation pipes on vault
toilets are the main focus of the Poo-Poo Project, TRC also stresses the
need for property owners to cover open cavities around their homes.

TRC is a non-profit organization of conservation biologists, educators,
veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators and volunteers, working together
to help birds of prey and promote environmental health through
veterinary care and rehabilitation, educational programs and
conservation research. To learn more about the Poo-Poo Project or to
sponsor a Poo-Poo screen, visit tetonraptorcenter.org.


Cookerly PR
Tracy Paden, 404-227-4580