Drones have taken the world by storm. Many people use drones for photography, surveillance, and just for fun. Drones can, however, have a big impact on birds. Flown too close to nesting birds, drones can drive adult birds away and even cause abandonment of eggs and chicks. Drones also interrupt feedings, provoke attacks by birds, and can cause midair collisions. If you decide to use a drone, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and of the presence of birds and other wildlife in the area.
Take Action: If you enjoy drones, help birds by doing the following:
Drones are not permitted in national parks, national forests, and other protected lands. Keep your drone out of these sites.
If you see birds in the area, whether on water, on cliffs, or on the ground and in trees, find another place to fly.
Spread the word about the impacts of drones with others.