Posted Feb. 7, 2016 at 3:55 PM
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.