Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting
Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »
Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather
Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.
Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm
The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.
Peregrine Falcons Nesting - Valley Cove Area and Trails Closed
Contact: Bruce Connery, 207-288-8726
Peregrine falcons are once again being observed defending the Valley Cove cliff area, (i.e., historic nesting territory) engaging in courtship behavior in Acadia National Park, Superintendent Sheridan Steele announced today. The species is listed as an Endangered Species under the Maine Endangered Species Act.
In order to protect the nesting birds from inadvertent disturbance or harassment, areas in and around these cliffs are closed to all visitor and operational activities. The closure at Valley Cove includes the North Section of the Flying Mountain Trail and the entire cliff area directly west of Valley Cove and below St. Sauveur and Valley Peak. The trail is clearly marked with signs that identify the reason for the closure, the dates, and a map that delineates the area of the closure. Trails will remain closed until approximately five weeks after chicks take their first flights, or fledge, from their nests. Rescinding the closure and opening the area is expected in early August. Closure signs will be posted at all appropriate parking areas, trail heads and junctions with more detailed information available at park visitor contact stations or park headquarters. If the park biologist determines that the nesting attempt has failed at any site later this spring or early in the summer, the park will rescind the closures for the trail(s) and cliff associated with the failed nesting attempt.
Park staff and volunteers have been observing the cliff areas below Penobscot and Beech Mountains in hopes of documenting other falcon nesting related activity. If adult peregrine falcons are observed and documented engaged in territorial defense or courtship behavior, the park will announce closures for these areas as well. The peregrine falcon population of Mount Desert Island remains a key reason for the success of the recovery of peregrine falcons in Maine and throughout New England. To date nearly ninety chicks have fledged from territories on Mount Desert Island in the past 18 years.
Did You Know?
The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.