Raptor Advisories

Prairie falcon fledgling

Prairie falcon fledgling, flaring wings after first flight.

Photo by Raptor Biologist Gavin Emmons

All Raptor Advisories Have Been Lifted For The Rest Of 2015

Raptor advisories have been lifted for the rest of the year, and all climbing areas are open for access by visitors. Five prairie falcon nests produced 19 fledglings this year, and two peregrine falcon nest produced 6 fledglings. Climbers and hikers did an excellent job of adhering to advisories and assisting park managers in protecting nesting birds of prey from disturbance.

For more information on advisories at Pinnacles, please visit the Friends of Pinnacles website.

For more information about raptors, please view the breeding season report below.

2014 Breeding Season Report - Falcons.
2013 Breeding Season Report - Falcons.
2012 Breeding Season Report - Falcons.
2011 Breeding Season Report.
2010 Breeding Season Report.
2009 Breeding Season Report.
2008 Breeding Season Report.
2007 Breeding Season Report.

Red-tailed hawk fledging

Immature red-tailed hawk after fledging.

Photo by Raptor Biologist Gavin Emmons

Raptor Advisory Information
To maximize the potential of successful nest establishment, Pinnacles National Park requests that all visitors refrain from rock climbing and off-trail hiking in sensitive areas during the advisory periods.

These protective measures usually remain in effect until June or July. However, as nesting activity is monitored by Park staff, additional sensitive areas may be identified and listed. Some areas may also be opened. Please check with a ranger or carefully examine the Climbing Information Bulletin Board as you plan you climbing and hiking trips.

This advisory does not affect hiking along the Park's primary trail system. All designated trails will remain fully accessible by park visitors. Climbers should continue to use designated "Climber Access Routes" in all areas of the Park. Special care is requested for those areas most heavily impacted by climbing: Discovery Wall, Elephant Rock, Machete, Upper Crust, the Camel, and the Sisters.

Please remember that intentionally disturbing wildlife nesting, breeding, and other activities is a violation of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Section 2.2 (a) (2)). The Raptor Advisory System has been in effect since 1988. We would like to thank you for your assistance in protecting these magnificent birds. By coming to Pinnacles and following these recommendations, you become a partner in managing the Park's resources. You are a vital component to the success of maintaining raptors. Without your cooperation, park staff could not protect the natural resources. You help make Pinnacles a special place.


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