Direct flyovers or multiple passes over sensitive wildlife can harm both pilots and wildlife. Areas along the California coast require you to remain 1,000' AGL. Know NOAA Regulations before you fly. For complete details go to NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries main website.
The California coast is home to more than 600,000 seabirds. During the seabird breeding season (January-August) there is an increased chance of a birdstrike along the coast. Pilots should avoid flying at low altitudes (less than 1,000 feet AGL) to reduce the risk of a birdstrike and to avoid disturbing sensitive wildlife. For up to date information on wildlife strikes, visit the Center for Wildlife and Aviation, FAA Wildlife Strike Database and Bird Strike Committee USA.
Visit www.SeabirdProtectionNetwork.org, our umbrella website,
to find links to all the Network Chapters.