The Mohonk Preserve has announced this season’s closure in the Trapps to protect Peregrine Falcons. We appreciate the cooperation of the climbing community.
From the Mohonk Preserve:
2022 Peregrine Watch Season Update
We are reaching out to update you about some changes to our approach to Peregrine falcon conservation this year. After extensive research into Peregrine falcon conservation efforts nationwide, the Preserve is adopting a responsive management approach to our cliff closures, with a broader closure at the beginning of the breeding season to optimize successful nest site selection. Once a nest is established, we expect to adjust the closure based on the line-of-sight approach that we typically use in establishing the extent of our closures.
As of Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the Preserve will be implementing a temporary closure of climbing and bouldering at the Trapps Cliff as follows:
Climbing – The sections between and including Laughing Man (5.11) and Clunies Jollies (5.12)
Bouldering – The areas The Buddha, Nameless, Murray and Boxcar. This includes all problems from Atlas (V10) to Little Death (V10)
Please note that this year the Preserve will not be implementing climbing closures at Millbrook Ridge or Bonticou Crag. Peregrine Watch volunteers and staff will continue to monitor Peregrine falcon nest sites at all three cliffs.
As a reminder, Peregrine nesting season may possibly run through late summer. We will keep you updated as the season progresses and share our latest observations with you. We will also be posting regular updates to our website’s Peregrine Watch page.
For anyone interested in participating in our Peregrine Watch program, we are holding an orientation session on February 17 from 6-7:30 pm. Click here for more information on this and our other Volunteer opportunities.
We look forward to working together to enable a successful breeding season and help ensure the continued recovery of these remarkable raptors.