Sunday, May 14, 2023

Recreation Highlight: Protect the Peregrines, Rock Climbing Closures in the ADKs

Climber scales a rock

The elusive and endangered Peregrine Falcon calls the craggy cliffs and mountainsides of the Adirondacks its home. Peregrines dive at incredible speeds and can be seen sailing along the sides of high rock faces throughout the early summer. The fascinating birds are monogamous, have long lifespans, and often return to the same nests year after year with their chosen partner.

Climbers sharing the cliffs are encouraged to respect their fellow rock dwellers. Pay attention to NYS DEC closures of particular routes and crags for the safety of climbers and falcons alike.

full list of restricted routes and crags can be found on the NYS DEC‘s website. For more fun facts about the birds that share the wall with you, visit the Peregrine Falcons and the Adirondack Climber webpage on the NYS DEC website.


Read more about this topic by checking out this story from April of 2021 by Adirondack Explorer reporter, Mike Lynch. 


Photo at top: A climber scales a rock in the Adirondack region. NYS DEC photo.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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