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CA - 1,500 Tern Eggs Left Abandoned After a Drone Crashes in California

A drone was reported to have crash-landed on a tern nesting site in Huntington Beach, Calif which drove away around 2,500 elegant terns, leaving behind 1,500 unhatched eggs.

A drone was reported to have crash-landed on a tern nesting site in Huntington Beach, Calif which drove away around 2,500 elegant terns, leaving behind 1,500 unhatched eggs.

Authorities in Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve where the nesting site was located are currently in search for the drone operator since the crashed drone remained unclaimed for three weeks now.

The environmental scientist and manager of the reserve told The New York Times that she had never seen such disaster in her 20 years of working in wildlife and in the field. "My gut is wrenching. It's awful to see," she exclaimed.

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve had been a safe but critical habitat for elegant terns, including the endangered California least tern and the Ridgway's rail. Although other common hazards have frequently disturbed the reserve by bikes, dogs and predators such as coyotes and peregrine falcons, biologists believe that drones should not be among one of them.

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