Pinnacles National Park will be reinstating a climbing advisory to protect nesting raptors. The annual measures will begin on Jan. 16.
“We ask you to refrain from any off-trail hiking and climbing in sensitive areas which include the High Peaks, the Balconies Cliffs area, the Piedras Bonitas Cliffs, Goat Rock, Resurrection Wall, Little Pinnacles, and the Egg Rock/Teapot Dome areas,” said Park Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn. “Without your cooperation in avoiding the advisory areas, this program could not be the success that it is."
According to Beppler-Dorn, last year six pairs of Prairie and Peregrine Falcons produced a total of 22 fledglings. The park also had successful nesting by American Kestrels, Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Long-eared Owls.
The specific locations of these sensitive areas are posted on information boards at trailheads, at the visitor centers, on the web at www.nps.gov/pinn or by calling (831)-389-4486.
For more information regarding the park’s raptor monitoring program, please call the Pinnacles National Park office of Research and Resource Management at 831-389-4486 extension 270.
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