A peregrine falcon. The falcons have returned to Acadia National Park, resulting in the closure of parts of the park. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Peregrines back in park

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A sure sign of spring’s arrival is the park’s closure of the Precipice, Jordan Pond and Valley Cove cliffs and associated trails to the public to keep peregrine falcons from being disturbed.

“Park staff has observed [peregrine] adults at these sites engaging in courtship and pre-nesting behavior, signaling the birds’ intentions to nest and raise chicks during the spring and early summer,” park officials said.

Superintendent Kevin Schneider called the success of peregrine falcon nesting in the park “one of our great conservation stories.”

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