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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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  • Endless Wall Trail closed due to wildland fire

    PARK ALERT: We currently have a wildland fire burning in the Fern Creek area of the park. Wildland firefighters are on scene and working to contain the fire. The Endless Wall trail is closed from the Fern Creek parking area to Diamond Point.

Peregrine Falcon 2006

Young peregrine chicks in hack box

Young peregrine chicks inside hack box.

In 2006, 15 nestling peregrine falcons were released over the course of three separate release events or hacks. Following release, only one falcon vacated the general hack area or postfledging area (PFA) in less than the recommended threshold of 14 days. This two week criteria is used because it is a critical period when the juvenile falcons are highly susceptible to mortality from other birds of prey, etc. The release success exhibited at NERI of nearly 94% may have been the highest documented for hacked peregrine falcons since national recovery efforts were initiated in the 1970s.

Read the 2006 Peregrine Report.

Did You Know?

Peregrine Falcon

Between 1987 and 1991, over thirty peregrine falcons were released within New River Gorge. Think you saw one? If so, please contact the park wildlife biologist at (304) 465-6542. More...