Peregrine falcons are back

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A pair of peregrine falcons have been at the Precipice on Champlain Mountain for two weeks.

While the park has not officially closed the trails there, Acadia’s wildlife specialist Bruce Connery said there is a high probability that the trails will close by this weekend, particularly since climbers have been spotted in the area.

All the signs, said Mr. Connery, indicate that the pair are defending the territory. That is one sign that they will begin nesting.

Research has shown that nesting falcons are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance in the immediate vicinity of the nest or directed at the nest site. Continued disturbances can lead to chick mortality or complete nest failure, which further slows the recovery of the species in Maine.

At this time, one bird also has been spotted at Valley Cove.

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