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Peregrine Watch

2021 PEREGRINE FALCON CLIMBING CLOSURE

March 20, 2021 — 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 March 20, 2021.

  • Trapps Cliff – no climbing between and including Overhanging Layback (5.7) and Brave Valkyrie (5.5).
  • Millbrook Ridge – 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.


April 5, 2021

Peregrines are once again active at all three cliffs (Millbrook, Trapps, Bonticou). Snow on the ground through February limited our early observations but nonetheless, volunteers have been actively viewing the cliffs each week to keep track of the birds' progress. While the Preserve peregrines often select different eyries each year, which hinders our ability to install any monitoring cameras, you can keep a close eye on other local peregrines using this link.