Photo credit Cameron Collins and Clay Stott, BLM Elko District Office.

Photo credit Cameron Collins and Clay Stott, BLM Elko District Office.

American Kestrel saved from a sticky situation in Elko, Nevada

Raptors don't have a great sense of smell. So to them, a vault toilet ventilation pipe might seem like the perfect place to set up a nest. But, once they enter the pipe, they can't fly out, and find themselves trapped unless someone sees them and comes to their rescue.

Last month, staff at the BLM Elko District Office in Nevada received an email about Teton Raptor Center’s Poo-Poo Project. That same day they checked on a few uncapped vault toilets in one of their campgrounds and discovered an American Kestrel trapped in the ‘basement’ of one of the toilets. What a crazy coincidence that all that happened on the same day! The Kestrel was successfully extracted and released, but its long-term outcome is unknown. The staff quickly called Teton Raptor Center and ordered Poo-Poo Screens for their uncapped vault toilets. Nice Job BLM Elko District Office … also … they were THE FIRST BLM POO-POO PROJECT IN NEVADA!

Photo Courtesy of Melissa A. Wardle, BLM Green River District

Photo Courtesy of Melissa A. Wardle, BLM Green River District

Long-eared Owl Rescued from Vault Toilet in Vernal, Utah

Also during the winter, this Long-eared Owl was rescued from a vault toilet at Fantasy Canyon in the BLM's Green River District (Vernal, UT). Melissa Wardle, Natural Resource Specialist, heard about an owl stuck in the vault toilet and headed out with net attached to a pole. She had a hard time convincing the owl she was there to help. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to catch the owl, she took a break and left the net down in the ‘basement’ of the vault toilet. When she returned, the Long-eared Owl was perched on the net and she was able to pull up the net with the owl on it. The beautiful raptor was taken to a rehabber were it was cleaned off, fed a few meals, and was then released back into the wild. Thanks again to Melissa and the dedicated staff that helped out the Long-eared Owl and ordered Poo-Poo Screens so this doesn't happen again. THE BLM GREEN RIVER DISTRICT OFFICE IS THE FIRST BLM POO-POO PROJECT IN UTAH!

Photo Courtesy of Melissa A. Wardle, BLM Green River District

Photo Courtesy of Melissa A. Wardle, BLM Green River District

Learn more about the Poo-Poo Project here and ask your local parks and recreation areas to partner with TRC and cap their vault toilets!

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