The Poo-Poo Project prevents wildlife entrapment in vault toilets throughout the US by installing safe and effective screens on the ventilation pipes.
Teton Raptor Center's Poo-Poo Project prevents cavity-nesting birds from entering vault toilets through the ventilation pipes and becoming entrapped in the 'basement' of vault toilets.
Each year thousands of cavity-nesters, animals that prefer dark, narrow spaces for nesting and roosting, become entrapped and die in vertical open pipes such as mining claim stakes, ventilation pipes, dryer vents, fence posts, old irrigation pipes, and chimneys. Vault toilets, the self-contained restrooms found in many of America’s wilderness areas, feature vertical ventilation pipes that mimic the natural cavities preferred by some species for nesting and roosting. Birds enter the vault toilet through the ventilation pipe and get stuck in the 'basement' of the vault toilet.
In 2010, Teton Raptor Center addressed this problem by installing 100 'rock' screens (from vault toilet manufactures) on the ventilation pipes of toilets throughout Grand Teton National Park, as well as Bridger-Teton, Caribou-Targhee, and Shoshone National Forests. The rock screens were very expensive @ $100/screen and snow and leaf litter restricted airflow. In 2013, Teton Raptor Center created the Poo-Poo Project and developed its own Poo-Poo Screen to prevent wildlife entrapment on a national scale. In the summer of 2019, TRC created a new and improved stainless steel screen, the Poo-Poo Screen 2.0. The Standard 12" stainless steel Poo-Poo Screens are durable, easy to install, provide superior ventilation and are very affordable @ only $34.50/screen. Since 2013, TRC has distributed over 17,000 Poo-Poo Screens to more than 640 Poo-Poo Partners located in all 50 States, the US Virgin Islands, and Canada. TRC was awarded the “Wings Across the Americas Award for Habitat and Partnership” from the USDA Forest Service in recognition of the conservation impact and partnership of the Poo-Poo Project.