In March, the BLM asked climbers to voluntarily avoid climbing on routes near known historic nest sites at The Wall, Cat Wall, and Reservoir Wall in the Indian Creek climbing area. The BLM reports that raptors in the area have successfully fledged and these walls are available for the fall climbing season.
The BLM requested the cooperation of the climbing community in order to encourage peregrine pairs to use historic nesting sites and help minimize disturbances during crucial incubation and brood rearing periods. The local BLM wildlife biologist monitored several nests throughout the season and recently confirmed successful fledging of the birds.
While peregrines are not an overly common sight in southeastern Utah, they are present throughout the area and keen-eyed observers are sometimes rewarded with their aerial acrobatics. Now visitors can enjoy watching the antics of young peregrines perfecting their flying techniques. The BLM still requests that visitors respect wildlife in the area and maintain a safe distance.
The peregrine falcon was removed from the Federal Endangered Species list in 1999. Peregrine populations in Utah continue to recover statewide, thanks in part to cooperation from the public in helping land managers protect nesting habitat during critical times of year.
For questions about the peregrine falcons in the area, contact Melissa Wardle at the Monticello Field Office 435-587-1500.