Some Cliff Tops & Overlooks Closed in Vt. to Protect Peregrine Falcons

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Peregrine Falcon Nestlings, Crystal Lake, Barton, VT, June 2005.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials say a number of cliffside hiking trails are currently closed to help protect nesting peregrine falcons.

“Peregrine nesting is well underway this spring,” said Vermont fish & Wildlife biologist John Buck. “The falcons are very sensitive to human presence so we ask climbers and hikers to please maintain a respectful distance from all nests.”

Here is a list of cliff tops and overlooks that are closed until August 1.

Barnet Roadcut (Barnet) – Route 5 pullout closed

Bolton Notch (Bolton) – Upper west cliff closed to climbing

Bone Mountain (Bolton) – Portions of cliff closed to climbing

Deer Leap (Bristol) – Closed

Fairlee Palisades (Fairlee) – Cliff top closed

Hazens Notch (Lowell) – Cliff closed to climbing

Marshfield Mt (Marshfield) – Portions closed to climbing

Mt. Horrid (Goshen) – Great Cliff overlook closed

Nichols Ledge (Woodbury) – Cliff top closed

Rattlesnake Pt (Salisbury) – Cliff top closed

Snake Mountain (Addison) – Overlook south of pond closed

Table Mt (Manchester) – Closed

Fish & Wildlife is urging hikers to check its website to see if the spot where they want to go might be closed.

Officials say last year was a record season for nesting falcons in the state, with over 60 young birds leaving their nest.  

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