Drones Harass Nesting Bald Eagles

Nesting Bald Eagles have been harassed in recent weeks by a drone. In the most recent incident the drone was purposely flown near a nest in Anne Arundel County, frightening the incubating adult such that it fled the nest and flushing the other bird from its roost. This also occurred twice last year in Garrett County.

Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP) Executive Director, Chris Eberly, spoke with WNAV’s Donna Cole for her program 1430 Connection about the most recent incident.

Although flying near eagle nests may not violate FAA regulations, it’s against the law to disrupt nesting native birds (Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act).

Please consider contacting your state representative if you agree that irresponsible UAV usage is a threat to cherished Chesapeake area resources. If this type of behavior persists, new legislation may be needed with enhanced penalties for the use of a drone in the commission of another crime.

Public Invited to Fourth Annual Potomac River Cleanup at Mallows Bay

On Saturday, April 28, the public is invited to help clean up areas among the World War I-era shipwrecks moored in Mallows Bay and adjacent shorelines at Mallows Bay Park in Charles County. Local archaeologists, historians and naturalists will share information and interpret the history of Mallows Bay as part of the activities.

The cleanup begins at 10 a.m., with a rain date of Sunday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers can meet at Mallows Bay Park in Nanjemoy.

Mallows Bay is renowned for its “Ghost Fleet,” the remains of more than 100 World War I-era vessels built as part of America’s involvement in ‘The Great War,” which ended 100 years ago this November.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton, along with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Timothy Gallaudet, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation President and CEO Kris Sarri, and Charles County Commissioners Peter Murphy and Ken Robinson will attend the day’s activities in a show of support for proposed Mallows Bay–Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

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