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2013 Peregrine Closings
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:03:18 PM »

RUMNEY:

In Spring 2013, Peregrine Falcons are nesting on the Summit Cliff.  The entire Summit Cliff (including “Flea Surgeon” and “Northwest Passage”), as well as the Asylum Cliff (climbers’ left), parts of Yellowknife, and the Monolith area (climbers’ right) are temporarily closed to climbing. ALL OTHER CRAGS, including the MAIN CLIFF near Buffalo Road are OPEN.  Your cooperation is essential if these birds are to nest successfully.  Once again, Main Cliff is OPEN, Summit Cliff is CLOSED.

Thanks for your assistance in protecting these birds and the climbing resource!

- Chris

Chris Martin, Senior Biologist
Conservation Department, New Hampshire Audubon
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Office phone:  603/224-9909 x317;  Fax:  603/226-0902;
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 05:38:57 PM »

Posted on another thread, but the central section of Farley is closed, right of the Zen Garden and left of the Four Tiers.
The closed area includes The Courtroom, Main Slab, Pinnacle, Yellow Wall, Pot Ledge Buttress, K2 area, and the Balcony.

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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 05:53:59 PM »

Main Cliff is open!  Great!!
Thanks for the post, Al.
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 06:50:57 PM »

Any idea when any closures will occur at Cathedral?
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2013, 07:23:31 AM »

Any idea when any closures will occur at Cathedral?

Certainly within the next couple of weeks. I'm waiting for word from Chris Martin.
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 06:13:32 PM »

Any idea when any closures will occur at Cathedral?

Any update?  Also, is there a website that lists the closures in the white mountains?
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 12:50:04 AM »

I don't think  that they are nesting at Cathedral this year!!!!!
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2013, 08:16:47 AM »

Several weeks ago, I was climbing Lady Slipper, over by the Last Unicorn. There were several falcons buzzing us. I think that is where they migrated to. They kept landing on a ledge just above the top of Lady Slipper.
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2013, 08:33:29 AM »

SA: thanks, that's good to know. I'll pass that information along. there was some talk about seeing the birds around Whitehorse, but this narrows it down,
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2013, 08:45:38 PM »

Here's the official list of closings. This is the first time I can remember when there are no closings in the Mount Washington Valley!

Wildlife biologists and volunteers in New Hampshire work very hard to identify the specific nesting locations used by theses state-listed Threatened raptors as early in the Spring season as possible, and to develop temporary closures that accomplish our Peregrine Falcon management objectives with minimal impact to recreational climbers and hikers.  These seasonal closures are subject to revision at any time due to changes in breeding status of the peregrines at the sites.  The most current status of closures is available at the cliffs.

This 2013 seasonal closures in New Hampshire are as follows:

Eaglet Spire area (Eagle Cliff OPEN!), Franconia, NH
Frankenstein (lower south-facing wall), Harts Loc., NH
Holts Ledge, Lyme, NH
Rumney Rocks (Summit Cliff), Rumney, NH
Square Ledge, Albany, NH
Woodchuck Ledge (upper right only), Albany, NH
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2013, 09:40:12 AM »

Thanks!!!
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2013, 10:16:42 PM »

Just to clarify the Eaglet is closed, while Eagle cliff is open.
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2013, 08:53:19 AM »

Peregrine Update 6/21/2013

Audubon biologist Chris Martin was in the MW Valley earlier this week and reported:

-- 3 falcon chicks at Painted Walls
-- 3 ready to fledge at Woodchuck
-- 1 downy head poking out of the deep fissure at Whitehorse
-- evidence of a hatch at Frankenstein

As of today, seasonal closures at Eaglet Spire, Rumney Summit Cliff, and Square Ledge have been removed.

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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2013, 04:42:15 PM »

I just received this from NH Audubon biologist Chris Martin. Among other things, all closures for 2013 have been lifted.



New Hampshire Peregrine Falcon 2013 Breeding Season Final Results:

This spring marked the 33rd breeding season (1/3 of a century!) in the
post-DDT recovery era for New Hampshire’s peregrine falcons.  Ever
since a pair was first discovered nesting in Franconia Notch back in
1981, our state’s peregrine population -- once classified as federally
endangered, currently listed as state-threatened -- has been rebounding
at a very gradual pace.  After more than three decades of recovery from
population lows in the 1950s-70s, many seemingly suitable nesting sites
in the Granite State still lack documented breeding pairs.  On the other
hand, another historic site (Fall Mountain in Walpole) was reoccupied
for the first time this year, and other nest sites that did not exist in
the 1940s (I-95 Bridge in Portsmouth, Brady-Sullivan Tower in
Manchester, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant adjacent to Hinsdale, where NH
Audubon suggested placing a nest box (see photo)) are producing young
regularly.  And NH's gradual peregrine population increase occurs within
the context of a regional population that also continues to expand. 

In 2013, we confirmed a total of 22 occupied territories in NH, which
sets a new state record-high for the post-DDT era.  All 22 territories
were confirmed to have pairs capable of breeding attempts, although at
least 3 sites had an immature-plumage bird as a member of the pair.  NH
Audubon staff and volunteer falcon observers confirmed incubation of
eggs at 19 (86%) of the state’s 22 territories, setting a new state
record-high.  But of this year’s 19 incubating pairs, less than 60%
were successful in fledging at least one young.  NH's 11 successful
peregrine nests in 2013 produced a total of 25 fledged young, an average
of 1.32 young fledged per nesting pair this season is below the state's
32-year average of 1.64 fledged per nesting pair.  Please see the PDF
graph attached of peregrine productivity in NH 1981-2013.

Notable in 2013 was the first documented successful fledging of
peregrines from nests at Woodchuck Ledge in Albany and from Fall
Mountain in Walpole (see photo).  The pair that typically nests on
Cathedral Ledge in Bartlett shifted to nearby Whitehorse Ledge in 2013
and fledged a chick from that cliff for the first time on record.  On
the negative side, the heavy wet Memorial Day snow that blanketed
western NH's mountains resulted directly in death of chicks at Bear
Mountain in Hebron (see photo before snowfall) and Rattlesnake Mountain
in Rumney, and likely contributed to the failures at several additional
mountain locations.  Holts Ledge in Lyme remains on of NH's most
productive sites over the long-run, fledging 4 young again in 2013 (see
photo).

Only 3 NH peregrine chicks were ID banded in 2013, a trio produced at
the Brady-Sullivan Tower in Manchester.  One of those juveniles received
post-fledging care by Maria Colby at Wings of Dawn, but was OK for
release within days (see photo on B-S Tower roof).  Overall, of the
total of 349 fledgling peregrine falcons that have been color-banded at
New Hampshire nests since the early 1990s, a total of 83 (24%) have
eventually been re-sighted (either alive or dead) and reported to us and
to the federal Bird Banding Lab.  After more than 20 years of concerted
work, NH Audubon is scaling back significantly on our efforts to access
remote nest ledges and band chicks.  Expect to read more about the
rationale for this shift in priorities in a future e-mail message.

Observations to determine the current banded status of New
Hampshire’s breeding peregrines in 2013 yielded the following
results.  Of 44 known individuals (22 pairs), banded status was
confirmed for 22 individuals (50%) and unconfirmed for the other 22.  Of
the 22 individuals where banded status was determined, 14 (64%) were
confirmed to be unbanded, while 8 (36%) were confirmed to be banded.
Among notable band encounters in 2013, the male at Brady-Sullivan,
"black/green 6/7", is now a 13-yr old bird originally fledged from
Cathedral Ledge.  The male at Pond Ledge in Haverhill, "black/green
P/8", is a 4-yr old bird originally raised at Owls Head Cliff in nearby
Benton NH.  Over the border in Lawrence MA, 12-yr old Manchester
fledgling "black/green *6/*4" (see photo) continues to breed
successfully, as has been the case since 2003.

Certainly the most interesting encounter of a banded peregrine raised
at a New Hampshire nest was a May 2013 report from Charlotte NC of
"black/green A/30", a 3-yr old female from Holts Ledge in Lyme NH.  This
amazing bird attempted to breed some 950 miles from home in suburban
Atlanta GA in Spring 2012, but in 2013 she showed up in Charlotte and
successfully raised young on the 40th floor of One Wells Fargo Center in
downtown Charlotte.  For more on this story, see:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/25/4126623/unusual-journey-brings-rare-falcon.html
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We continue to be grateful for all those who support peregrine falcon
recovery efforts in New Hampshire, including public resource managers
and private land owners, volunteer observers and our rock climbing
partners.  Management activity at breeding sites is supported by a
federal State Wildlife Grant to the NH Fish and Game Department Nongame
Program.  Additional monitoring support for two breeding sites is
provided under a contract with Stantec, an international environmental
consulting firm.  Every third year we receive additional funding to
monitor a subset of breeding sites from the US Fish and Wildlife
Service.  And of course we always appreciate the generous support of NH
Audubon members and other individuals.

Final site-by-site NH Peregrine results for 2013

Abeniki Mtn (Dixville) - failed
Bear Mtn (Hebron) - failed
Beaver Pond Cliff (Woodstock) - failed
Brady-Sullivan Twr (Manchester) - fledged 3 y
Christian Sci Church (Concord) - territorial pair
Devils Slide (Stark) - failed
Diamond Peaks (2nd College) - failed
Eaglet Spire (Franconia) - failed
Fall Mtn (Walpole) - fledged 1 y
Frankenstein Cliff (Harts Loc) - fledged 1 y
Holts Ledge (Lyme) - fledged 4 y
Coptic Church (Nashua) - territorial pair
Owls Head Cliff (Benton) - fledged 3 y
Painted Walls (Albany) - fledged 3 y
Peaked Mtn (Piermont) - fledged 3 y
Pond Ledge (Haverhill) - failed, renest, failed
I-95 Bridge (Portsmouth) - fledged 2 y
Rattlesnake Mtn (Rumney) - failed
Russell Crag (Woodstock) - fledged 1 y
Square Ledge (Albany) - failed
Whitehorse Ledge (Hales Loc) - fledged 1 y
Woodchuck Ledge (Albany) - fledged 3 y

Climbing closures for peregrines in 2013 have been lifted.  Have a
great summer everyone!

- Chris


Chris Martin, Senior Biologist
Conservation Department, New Hampshire Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH  03301
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Re: 2013 Peregrine Closings
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2013, 10:10:04 PM »

Thanks, Al! 

I know the closures at Farley are typically until late August - since Ward posted here about them as well I figure I might as well ask, too.

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