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Climbing Areas Reopen

Rock formations subject to advisory closures for protecting nesting falcons and eagles have been reopened. A total of twenty-six Prairie Falcons fledged this year from eight nests, a successful year for the falcons. American Kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks all produced young this year. In addition, there was at least one successful Golden Eagle nest. Pinnacles' rock climbing advisories are usually lifted a few weeks after the nests have fledged young.

"We want to thank everyone, especially the rock climbers and hikers for their patience and support of our efforts to protect these spectacular birds of prey at Pinnacles. Park visitors did an excellent job of avoiding the protected areas by observing the advisories. Without visitor's cooperation this program could not be the success that it is." stated Park Superintendent, Cicely Muldoon.

For more information regarding the reopening of the climbing areas or the park's raptor monitoring program please contact the office of Research and Resource Management at (831) 389-4485 ext. 223.

For general park information call (831) 389-4485 ext. 235 or visit the Park Web site.

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