Raptor Advisories Have Been Lifted For 2016; Temporary Closure Still In Effect At Machete Ridge
All raptor advisory areas are open to visitors as of the effective date of June 25, 2016. PLEASE NOTE: The temporary closure at the south end of Machete Ridge is still in effect. For more information on advisories at Pinnacles, please visit the Friends of Pinnacles and Mud N' Crud websites.
This season, 19 prairie falcon young fledged from 5 nests and one additional nest failed, likely due to predation. Twenty-eight additional raptor nests were documented this year, including 2 peregrine falcon nests, 7 red-tailed and 3 red-shouldered hawk nests, 3 Cooper's hawk nests, 2 long-eared owl nests, and a great horned owl nest.
Prairie falcon productivity in 2016 was lower than the 31-year average for the raptor monitoring program at Pinnacles, and climbers and hikers did an excellent job of assisting park managers in the protection of the spectacular birds of prey at Pinnacles. For more information about raptors at the park, please view the breeding season report below.
2015 Breeding Season Report - Falcons.
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.