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Recycle Baling Twine

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Raised by 5 people in 4 months
Ospreys have a perilous fascination and attraction for incorporating baling twine that they find lying on agricultural fields and along roadways into their nests. This can create deadly situations when the adults or their young become entangled in the twine.

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Without human intervention, Ospreys suffer slow, painful deaths from infection, starvation and strangulation. Below is a young Osprey that was entangled in twine and freed from the nest. Removing the twine from their legs, feet, wings and body is a delicate and tedious task.

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If nests are built near power lines, dangling twine and sticks can cause electrocution of Ospreys, power outages and wildland fires.

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Baling twine also entangles other birds and wildlife leaving them vulnerable such as the pronghorn (below) entangled in twine near Rapelje, Montana in 2016.  

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Or, the white-tailed deer with twine wrapped her neck. 

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Or, these two bull elk entangled in twine near Columbus, Montana in the fall of 2018 that had to be euthanized.  See Update #2 for details. 

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Users of twine in Montana and many other states do not have an adequate or environmental-friendly method for disposing of twine. Polypropylene twine does not decompose for many, many decades. It needs to be recycled.

Discarded twine also creates expensive and burdensome problems for roadside mowing machines and in numerous other circumstances. 

In one summer, 675 feet of twine was removed from just a few Osprey nests along the Yellowstone River in southern Montana.

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Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society (YVAS), established in 1953, is a non-profit all volunteer organization. The goal of this project is to reduce the amount of loose twine in the environment in a productive, responsible and environmentally ethical way. Too many birds and other wildlife have suffered from twine entanglement. Many of them have not survived.

The funds raised will be used to establish a twine collection site in Montana. The twine will be baled and shipped to a twine recycling facility within the United States. In order to begin collecting and accepting loose, unwanted twine from farmers, ranchers, other twine users and the public, Yellowstone Valley Audubon needs to buy a large shed (50’x15’x10’), fencing, signs, a box baler and trailer, and miscellaneous supplies.

The reimbursement from recycling facilities for discarded twine will be adequate to cover the cost of shipping and minimal maintenance. Any additional funds will be used to advance the YVAS Mission including the rescue of Ospreys and other wildlife from twine entanglement.

“Building on the tradition of special interest in birds, Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society is organized to promote enjoyment and protection of the natural environment through education, activism, and conservation of bird habitat.”

Your contribution to this important and worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated and will be a real benefit to wildlife, humans and our shared environment!
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! ! ! Good News ! ! !

Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society’s Twine Recycling Project has recently received a $25,000 grant from the Harry L. Willett Foundation AND an $8,000 Environmental Grant from Patagonia’s Outlet Store in Dillon, Montana!

These grants will enable YVAS to establish the Twine Collection Site and begin accepting twine for recycling by spring or early summer of 2019.

This funding will cover the first year’s land lease fees, site reclamation bond, installation of the large storage shed, a new gate and fencing, and the purchase of a box baler, trailer, generator, and the first year of liability and property insurance.

GoFundMe donations are needed to cover project costs including rental of equipment to load the baled twine into the recycling semi-trucks, informational signs and advertising, site and equipment maintenance, supplies, and future annual insurance premiums and land lease fees.

A big warm “thank you” to all those who have donated so far!

Below are a couple of photos of the Harmony Vertical Box Baler needed to bale the loose twine.
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Loose baling twine continues to be a deadly hazard for wildlife from birds to bull elk. On September 24, 2018, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks posted the below photo and narrative on their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R5).

“Two rag-horn bull elk got tangled in baling twine, then tangled with each other, then tangled with a juniper tree on a ranch north of Columbus over the weekend. The elk appeared to be on their way toward a sure and uncomfortable death from struggling to free themselves and a lack of water and food. Cutting them free was ruled out because of the danger to anyone approaching them. Tranquilizing them with drugs was ruled out for a number of logistical and veterinary reasons. So FWP game wardens acted quickly Monday to euthanize the animals. They were donated to the Veterans’ Meat Locker in Billings for processing and charitable distribution to needy veterans.”
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