Drones Elevate Osprey Concerns

A North Idaho raptor biologist is urging drone pilots to be mindful of osprey nests at Memorial Field.

The waterfront sports field is home to two such nests and Janie Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest is concerned the use of consumer-level unmanned aerial vehicles are disrupting osprey, which are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Last year, a pair of osprey with young in one of the nests fatally collided mid-air. Veltkamp said the orphaned birds were successfully cross fostered back into the wild, but she could not shake a suspicion that drone activity at the field may have played a role in the episode …


Bonner County (ID) Daily Bee | July 28, 2018

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