Falcons are back

Peregrine FalconACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park officials have closed areas near the Precipice and Valley Cove Cliffs, as endangered peregrine falcons have returned and appear to be defending nesting territories.

Adult falcons have been observed at both sites engaging in behavior which signals their intentions to nest and raise chicks during the spring and early summer.

Peregrine falcons are listed as a Maine Endangered Species. In order to protect the nesting birds and increase the chances of successful fledging, areas in and around the Precipice and Valley Cove cliffs are closed to all visitor and operational activities. The closures include the Precipice Trail on the east face of Champlain Mountain and the Orange and Black Path and the surrounding cliff face area. The closure at Valley Cove includes the Valley Cove Trail and the entire cliff area west of Valley Cove and below St. Sauveur and Valley Peak.

Closures will be lifted after scientists determine that it is safe for people to visit without disrupting the chicks – usually in early August.

Visit www.nps.gov/acad or call 288-3338.

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