As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Connecticut Audubon Society: No drones in sanctuaries

Posted Feb. 7, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Connecticut’s Audubon Society has grounded man-made drones in all of its 19 sanctuaries, including ones in Montville and Pomfret.

The move comes out of concern the mechanized flying craft are likely to disturb wildlife and annoy visitors, the society said.

"No creature visits our sanctuaries hoping to be buzzed by a drone," Connecticut Audubon Society President Alexander Brash said.

The society believes it’s the first organization in the state and one of the first in the country to ban drones, which have exploded in popularity in the past few years. It’s instituting the ban proactively because it anticipates more drone use nationwide.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced last week almost 300,000 drone owners registered their unmanned aircraft in the first 30 days after the FAA's new online registration system went into effect last year.

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