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Climbing Closures In Effect

January 7, 2003
For Immediate Release


Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument will be reinstated as of January 15, 2004, according to Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon. Last year nine pairs of prairie falcons produced a total of 30 fledglings. Additionally, the monument had successful nesting by American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, and Golden Eagles. 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, Little Pinnacles, Goat Rock, Gargoyle/Piedras Bonitas, and the Scout Peak area," said Muldoon. "Without your cooperation in avoiding the advisory areas, this program could not be the success that it is," she continued.

The specific locations of these sensitive areas are posted on information boards at trailheads, at the visitor centers, on our Web site or by calling (831)-389-4485 ext 0.

For more information regarding the monument's raptor monitoring program, please call the office of Research and Resource Management at 831-389-4485 ext. 270. General park information can be obtained by visiting our Web site or by calling 831-389-4485 ext. 0.

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