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A Drone Crash on Protected Wetland Left 1,500 Eggs Abandoned

A Drone Crash on Protected Wetland Left 1,500 Eggs Abandoned

On May 13, an illegally flown drone crashed on the nesting grounds at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, California. This isn’t the first time a drone has crashed in the protected wetlands. This time, it coincided with the breeding season for thousands of terns, and as a result, the birds abandoned their nests, thinking it was a predator.

The NY Times article shows a photo of the downed drone, and it looks to be the new DJI Air 2S. Left behind are the estimated 1,500 unhatched eggs, and so far, no one has come forward to claim the drone. Another drone crashed on the same day in a different area, but those birds returned. The FAA has released multiple revisions to commercial and recreational drone laws in recent years, but there is still no official regulation about flying over protected wildlife areas.

The USDA does stipulate that flyers should not harass wildlife during breeding seasons unless it’s for approved scientific study, but other than that, there isn’t a clear federal guideline or restriction. Oddly enough, the page this is found on is under fire management with the title “Tips for Responsible Recreational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on National Forest Systems Lands.” This isn’t stated in the current FAA regulations. The Bolsa Chica wetlands have an in-place no-fly zone, but only have three service members to manage the 1,300-acre preserve. The second drone that crashed was claimed, and the owner was cited, but that’s the limit of what can be enforced at present. 

The first successful drone to come to mass market was the Parrot AR Drone in 2010, but more than a decade later, the laws about drone usage in the U.S. are still unclear.

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Officials Warn Against ‘Instagram Hikers’ Venturing to Plane Crash Site

Officials Warn Against 'Instagram Hikers' Venturing to Plane Crash Site

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A popular COVID lockdown photo location in Higher Shelf Stones, England has become dangerous for “Instagram Hikers” as winter approaches. Volunteer mountain rescue teams have advised against visiting after being called out multiple times to assist ill-prepared visitors.

The crash site is known as the Peak District Air Accident and involved a Boeing RB-29A 44-61999 of the 16th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron of the United States Air Force, which crash-landed due to fog at Higher Shelf Stones on November 3, 1948. All thirty-three members of the crew died in the crash.

According to The Guardian, the location has become a popular Instagram photo site during COVID-19 lockdown, where hikers reportedly flocked to the location to take photos of the debris.

However, as winter approaches, the landscape has become increasingly dangerous and the nearby Glossop mountain rescue team has begun urging visitors to be prepared for poor weather and difficult terrain.

Two Callouts Sunday 15/11/20

The first callout of the day came in at 15.15, reports of a female with a lower leg…

Posted by Glossop Mountain Rescue Team on Monday, November 16, 2020

While the volunteer rescue team has been called out multiple times to assist injured hikers, they also have wasted hours looking for visitors who had long since reached safety before the team arrived.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team issue plea after second search for walkers who were already at home.

Glossop Mountain…

Posted by Glossop Mountain Rescue Team on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Guardian reports that in one such case, the team searched for hours in the area for a hiker they had been alerted to as injured, and when they could not find the missing party became increasingly worried. However, later that night they were made aware of the hiker’s safety at home, some distance away.

“This has happened twice in recent weeks,” said Patch Haley, the rescue team lead, to The Guardian. “We’re always glad to hear that people are safe, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep us informed. If people do make their own way down after they call emergency services for assistance, it’s vital they let us know via 101. My fear is that with higher volumes of walkers visiting the area during lockdown, more of these false alarms will leave our rescue team overstretched, and at risk of struggling to reach those who are genuinely in need of urgent assistance.”

(via The Guardian)

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