2019 PEREGRINE FALCON CLIMBING CLOSURE
UPDATE MAY 1, 2019 — Unfortunately, the Peregrine Falcon nest at the Trapps has not succeeded. Peregrine nests can fail for several reasons, including predation, temperature changes, and human or animal disturbance. Our staff has accessed the nest and found no specific indication of the cause of the failure.
As a result of this development, the temporary climbing and bouldering restrictions in the Trapps have been removed
Please note that the nests at Millbrook and The Sunbowl remain active and the temporary climbing restrictions are still in effect at those locations.
Due to nesting Peregrine Falcons, the following areas are temporarily closed to rock climbing. The closure is in effect as of March 16, 2019.
- Millbrook Cliff: All cliff access to the north of Westward Ha!
- Northern Preserve: The section known as The Sunbowl
To help protect the nesting Peregrine Falcons:
- DO NOT use ascent trails or rappel routes that access these areas.
- DO NOT use the trails at the top of the cliff in the closure area.
- DO NOT use the section of the cliff base climbers trail between these routes.
- PLEASE refrain from excessive noise making while in the vicinity of these closures.
Peregrine Falcons are listed by the State of New York as an Endangered Species and we are legally obligated to protect their nesting areas at Mohonk Preserve. The Peregrine breeding season may possibly run through late summer.
The Preserve has worked collaboratively with the climbing community for decades to help protect the Peregrine Falcons and appreciates their support of our conservation mission as they continue to enjoy the hundreds of unrestricted climbing routes available at Mohonk Preserve.
For more information and updates, visit mohonkpreserve.org/peregrine-watch
Join the Preserve team!
- We are seeking camp educators who love the outdoors and working with children to fill the position of Seasonal Camp Educator. Resumes will be accepted, with cover letter and references. Submissions are requested by April 10, 2019 (hard closing date April 17, 2019). Click here for the full announcement.
- We're seeking a full time Seasonal Grounds Worker (April - November) with a diverse set of maintenance skills. Click here for the full announcement and job description.
Mohonk Preserve Foothills Update - Site preparations are continuing at the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead at the Mohonk Preserve Foothills. Work will continue in the spring on the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead, which will include off-road parking, entry booths, restrooms, landscaping and signage. Work will also continue on completing the connection to the River-to-Ridge Trail in partnership with Open Space Institute. Stabilization work on the Testimonial Gateway Tower roof, windows and selected masonry will also begin, along with replacement of the Lenape Lane Bridge and resurfacing of the Lenape Lane Carriage Road . Please note that the Testimonial Gateway Tower area is closed from Route 299 and Gate House Road to the beginning of the Pin Oak Allee and construction fencing and flagging are in place. We will keep you updated on our progress and look forward to welcoming everyone to our new trailhead later in 2019. Click here for more information on the Mohonk Preserve Foothills Project.
The East Trapps Connector Trail and Coxing Trailhead are now open.
Duck Pond Update - DEC has completed their assessment of Duck Pond's infrastructure and the Preserve is working with engineers to develop a plan for repairs. Due to fluctuating water levels, the pond is especially dangerous during the winter weather - please stay off of the pond surface and, as always, be sure to keep all dogs on leash.
River-to-Ridge Trail - Progress on the River-to-Ridge trail extension into the Mohonk Preserve Foothills continues and we will let you know as soon as the new trail section is open and available for use.
Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) - Winter is wonderful in the Shawangunks, but please remember that Mohonk Preserve prohibits the use of drones and other unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on or above Preserve lands unless such use is approved through our permit application process. This policy supports our commitment to the protection of all wildlife (specifically in this context, birds of all species), and the safety and well-being of our visitors, as well as the quality of their personal experiences in nature. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, any and all use of drones for purposes such as aerial photography, videography and entertainment/recreational use. For more information, click here.
Banner Photo by Kate Schoonmaker