Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures
Peregrine falcons, an endangered species in New York State, are again nesting on cliffs in the Adirondack Park. The population of peregrine falcons has steadily grown since the DEC undertook hacking programs in the Adirondacks in the late 1970s.
Cliffs with known peregrine falcon nesting sites are monitored annually throughout the Adirondacks. Rock climbing routes with active nest sites are temporarily closed to prevent any disturbances that might interfere with the successful raising of the young peregrine falcons.
The closure of climbing routes is based on a number of factors, primarily the route's proximity and visibility to a nesting site. Each situation is unique and a specific distance from the nest site can not be used to make a closure determination. DEC's priority is protecting an endangered species; however, attempts are made to maximize the opportunities for climbing at the same time.
At the beginning of the season DEC closes whole or large portions of cliffs where peregrine falcons have regularly nested. This allows them to choose a nesting site without any being troubled by climbing activity. They often choose a site quickly and begin nesting earlier, than when the cliff's were subject to climbing activities. Climbers benefit because the earlier start nesting results in the corresponding earlier fledging of the young and therefore the closed routes are re-opened sooner.
August 15, 2013
All rock climbing routes are open.
DEC has information on 13 cliffs that were monitored, including those with closed rock climbing routes. Two nest sites were inactive this year and three sites had nests that failed. However, eight of the nest sites were successful and produced a total of 17 peregrine falcon, including two fledglings at Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain produced after a delayed start to the breeding season.
DEC thanks the volunteers that monitored the nesting sites and the climbing community for their cooperation in avoiding the closed cliffs and routes while the peregrine falcons nested and raised their young.
If you have any questions on peregrine falcons contact the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office at 518-897-1291.
More about Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures:
- Peregrine Falcons and the Adirondack Rock Climber - Facts about Peregrine Falcons and how rock climbers can help to ensure their successful return to the Adirondacks