I been told by a birder that he witnessed some photographers photographing a raptor nest (that i wont reveal the location for obvious reasons) but what was egregious , one of the photographers was using a drone to take pics over the nest !
Drones in NYC parks are illegal. Even worse because it was used near a nest , its a violation of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty act (MBTA) .
If you witness such misbehavior call Park Enforcement Patrol. I'm told though that the number usually used 728 437 1350 is useless ( a birder told me it rang 25 times no answer) The Central number is 646 613 1200
Otherwise call 311 and have them connect to PEP.
if you still cant connect , text me and I'll forward to my coworker Marty who has a personal number of a PEP Officer.
What more stupid stuff birds have to d go through.
Link to ethical rules & MBTA
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
It is illegal to disturb an active nest, even if it is in an inconvenient location (like this morning dove nest on construction equipment), without a permit from the U.S. FWS and sometimes from the State also. Permits are seldom granted.
- they are in an inconvenient location
- the babies create piles of poop underneath the nest (like Barn Swallows)
- they build an unsightly nest and drop pigeon and rat remains on the sidewalk in front of an upscale Fifth Avenue housing coop in NYC, ala the Pale Male Red-tailed Hawk.)