Teton Raptor Center’s Wingspan Stretches Across All 50 States

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Teton Raptor Center, a nonprofit organization advancing raptor conservation through education, research and rehabilitation, has soared past its goal to install life-saving screens on wilderness-area outhouse ventilation pipes in all 50 states. Since June 1, TRC’s Poo-Poo Project has added 14 states to its rapidly expanding list of partner sites -- Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Tennessee and most recently, Delaware. Much of the expansion has been due to interest from the National Park Service, with 37 new national park sites signing on in 2017, bringing the total to 55 national park sites.

The Poo-Poo Project is Teton Raptor Center’s effort to save wild, cavity-nesting birds such as native owls and kestrels from becoming trapped in vault toilets throughout our public lands. The birds, which prefer snug, dark places to nest, enter through an uncovered ventilation pipe and become trapped in the collection pit. TRC developed an efficient and inexpensive solution: a custom screen that is affixed to the top of the ventilation pipe, preventing birds of prey and other wildlife from entering. More than 10,000 screens have been sold, saving countless birds of prey across the country.

“It’s encouraging to see the growing awareness of how vital raptors are to the ecosystem,” said David Watson, director of development for TRC. “Expanding the Poo-Poo Project to all 50 states is an important achievement for Teton Raptor Center, but it’s even more important as a measurement of the nationwide interest in protecting wildlife.”

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 public agencies purchasing screens, 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/.

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Business Wire: 14:30 GMT Wednesday 13th September 2017

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