2012 Climbing Advisories In Effect
Contact: Karen Beppler-Dorn, 831-389-4486
Contact: Gavin Emmons, 831-389-4486
Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument have been reinstated as of January 17, 2012, according to Park Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn. Last year 8 pairs of prairie falcons produced a total of 33 fledglings. Additionally, the monument had successful nesting by Peregrine Falcons, American Kestrels, Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and White-tailed Kites. Park researchers will continue to monitor raptors to better understand these interesting and beautiful birds. "We ask you to refrain from any off-trail hiking and climbing in sensitive areas which include the High Peaks, the Balconies Cliffs area, Machete Ridge, Citadel, Goat Rock, Resurrection Wall, Little Pinnacles, Pipsqueak Pinnacles, Egg Rock/Teapot Dome, and the Scout Peak area," said Beppler-Dorn. "Without your cooperation in avoiding the advisory areas, this program could not be the success that it is," Beppler-Dorn continued.
The specific locations of these sensitive areas are posted on information boards at trailheads, at the visitor centers, on the web at www.nps.gov/pinn or by calling (831)-389-4486.
For more information regarding the monument's raptor monitoring program, please refer to related web page links at www.nps.gov/pinn or call the office of Research and Resource Management at 831-389-4486 extension 270.
Did You Know?
Pinnacles, Muir Woods, and the Grand Canyon were all set aside as national monuments in the span of seven days in January 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt.