Raptor Advisories

Prairie falcon fledgling

Prairie falcon fledgling, flaring wings after first flight.

Photo by Raptor Biologist Gavin Emmons

Raptor Advisories Are Currently In Effect For 2016

Raptor advisories are in effect as of January 19, 2016. Breeding raptors have reoccupied their traditional territories. If you are considering climbing or off-trail hiking at Pinnacles, please look at our list of sensitive areas before you plan your trip. Friends of Pinnacles also maintains a current listing of closed areas.

We thank climbers and hikers for their patience and support of our efforts to protect the spectacular birds of prey at Pinnacles. 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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