Category: Pilots

Partnering with Pilots: Celebrating Seabirds’ Allies in the Sky

In 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright brothers changed the world forever by building and flying the world’s first airplane, a “flying machine” that flew 120 feet and reached an airspeed of 34 mph before falling back to earth. To engineer such a…

Sanctuary Expands – More Protected Areas for the Birds!

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (formerly Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary) has expanded. Now the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary protects 3,295 square miles of ocean, including important breeding and feeding areas for seabirds from just north of San Francisco to Manchester Beach near Point Arena.…

A Pilot’s Day in the Sky and A Murre’s Day on the Rock

A Murre’s Day on the Rock The murre stretched her head skyward and shook out her feathers as the sun’s rays began to warm her after the cool night. She then reached down and turned the speckled blue-green egg resting under her, using her bill to secure…

From the Flight Deck, Part 2: Wildlife conservation collaborations: the USCG Auxiliary, West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries, and Wildlife Protection

By Ron Darcey, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Assistant District Staff Officer – Aviation/Training Successful conservation of marine and coastal species is accomplished through numerous partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. This is especially true for the Seabird Protection Network. This article…

From the Flight Deck

Successful conservation of marine and coastal species is accomplished through numerous partnerships between local, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. This is especially true for the Seabird Protection Network. This article is the first of a two-part series about our partnership with the U.S.…