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Open Pipes Are Death Traps!

You can prevent the needless deaths of birds and other wildlife. 

These dangers are all around!

Uncovered vertical pipes are dangerous to birds and other wildlife. While looking for a place to nest or hibernate, animals can fall into an open pipe and become trapped. Unable to escape, they eventually die. 

Bluebirds are the most likely victims, but many species are vulnerable to this threat. Other bird species commonly trapped include flycatchers, woodpeckers, sparrows, shrikes, kestrels, and even owls. In addition to birds, lizards, snakes, small mammals and insects have also been found inside pipes.

Have you seen “Death Pipes”?

Often called “Death Pipes”, vertical, open pipes are a hazard on the landscape and can cause the gruesome death of birds and other wildlife that become trapped and perish within. 

These pipes are often used as fence posts or to anchor a gate. They can also be used as sign posts, to mark a boundary, or a mining claim. Vent and irrigation pipes are also a danger if uncovered. 

Cover those Pipes!

If you find open, vertical pipes on your property, cover them to prevent trapping birds, lizards and other animals.

Here are several ways that you can eliminate this threat:

  • Buy and install a pipe cap.
  • Cover the top with cement to create a cap.
  • If you need water or air flow, cover the opening with screen or 1/2 inch hardware cloth and secure with a pipe clamp.  

Report Open Pipes

While enjoying public lands, be on the lookout for “death pipes.” 

Please report the exact location of these pipes using our online system. We will work with land owners and managers to cover pipes and prevent needless, horrible deaths of wildlife. You will be informed of these work days if you reported a pipe. 

Use this online form to report a death pipe. https://arcg.is/0nyem9

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

color_square_face_right

Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447