2023 Peregrine Watch Season

Based on our ongoing research into Peregrine falcon conservation efforts, the Preserve will continue applying a responsive management approach to our cliff closures. This involves a broader closure at the beginning of the breeding season to optimize successful nest site selection. Once a nest is established, we will adjust the extent of the closure based on the line-of-sight approach that we typically use.

As of Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Preserve is implementing a temporary closure of climbing and bouldering at the Trapps Cliff as follows:

  • Climbing – The sections between and including Laughing Man (5.11) and Clunies Jollies (5.12)
  • Bouldering – The areas The Buddha, Nameless, Murray and Boxcar. This includes all problems from Atlas (V10) to Little Death (V10)

Signage about the closures is posted at the Trapps Cliff. Please note that this year the Preserve will not be implementing climbing closures at Millbrook Ridge or Bonticou Crag. Peregrine Watch volunteers and staff will continue to monitor Peregrine falcon nest sites at all three cliffs.

As a reminder, Peregrine nesting season may possibly run through late summer. We will keep you updated as the season progresses and share our latest observations with you.

Thank you for your support of our conservation mission as we work together to enable a successful breeding season and help ensure the continued recovery of these remarkable raptors.

Banner Photo by Tom Sarro