Aquinas Kasbar, 19, left the animal in a plastic drawer outside a Newport Beach hotel. He faces up to a year in prison.
The pilot and passenger were the only people on board, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough said.
As many as 67 tornadoes were reported from Friday to Sunday in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas and Nebraska.
Repeat offenders within an 18-month period could be fined up to $250 dollars.
Lawyers had said the Queen of Soul left no will, but three handwritten versions were found early this month, one of them under living room cushions.