Western Bluebird, Greg Homel, Natural Elements Productions

Each year, tens of thousands of birds, including iconic Western Bluebirds, fall into open pipes used for a variety of purposes on public lands in the western United States. Sadly, these birds frequently are trapped and die. PVC mine markers are the most numerous traps, but uncapped fence posts and outhouse vents are other culprits.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has taken notice of the problem and started to take steps to prevent these needless deaths. Now other federal agencies need to follow their lead and eliminate open pipes on public lands. 

Please encourage further action: Contact Thomas Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service, Jim Kurth, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Michael Reynolds, Acting Director of the National Park Service by using the form below. Thank you for helping birds fly free by eleminating open pipes!

Please enter your information and send your comments. We have drafted a letter for you, but your additional thoughts will really make an impact.


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Help Stop Bird Deaths in Pipes

Dear Sir/Madam: 

I am writing to commend the Bureau of Land Management for its efforts to reduce bird mortality caused by vertical pipes such as mine markers, fence posts, and outhouse vents.

We would now like to see similar action by the USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and other federal agencies. Much more work remains to be done to remove existing hazards and establish long-term policies and procedures to prevent this form of bird mortality from continuing on public lands in the future.

To ensure the problem does not continue, standards should be set for bird-safe fences, outhouses, and mining markers. Please take action to resolve this problem and end the needless deaths of thousands of birds each year.

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