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.