Trails close on falcons’ return

Endangered peregrine falcon chicks on a cliff in Acadia National Park.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Peregrine falcons are once again defending nesting territories on the Precipice and Valley Cove Cliffs here. Park staff has observed these adults engaging in courtship and pre-nesting behavior signaling the birds’ intentions to nest and raise chicks during the spring and early summer. Peregrine falcons were extirpated several decades ago and remain listed as a Maine Endangered Species to help in their recovery and conservation.

In order to protect the nesting birds from inadvertent disturbance or harassment, areas in and around the Precipice and Valley Cove cliffs were closed to all visitor and operational activities on April 3.

The closure at the Precipice includes the popular Precipice Trail on the east face of Champlain Mountain and the equally popular Orange & Black Path (formerly the East Face Trail). In addition to the trails, the closure applies to the surrounding cliff face area. The closure at Valley Cove includes the Valley Cove Trail and the entire cliff area directly west of Valley Cove and below St. Sauveur and Valley Peak. The closed trails are clearly marked with signs that identify the reason for the closure, the dates, and include a map that delineates the area of the closure. These trails will remain closed until approximately five weeks after the chicks take their first flights, or fledge, from their nests.

The opening of the trails and cliffs is usually in early August. Additional notices about the closures will be posted at all appropriate parking areas, trail heads and junctions.

For more information, call 207-288-3338.

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