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2020 Peregrine Watch Updates


JUNE 16, 2020 — Peregrine Falcon breeding season is underway at Mohonk Preserve and we now have confirmed fledgling activity at Millbrook, and possible nesting activity Bonticou. As a result, we are announcing the following temporary climbing-route and bouldering closures: 

Due to nesting Peregrine Falcons, the following areas are temporarily closed to rock climbing. The closure is in effect as of June 16, 2020.

Millbrook: Hiking only on the Millbrook Ridge Trail and no cliff access south of Westward Ha!.
Bonticou Crag: No climbing in the area 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.


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