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Trail Closures in Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor -

BAR HARBOR¬† – Peregrine falcons are once again defending nesting territories on the Precipice and Valley Cove Cliffs in Acadia National Park.¬† Peregrine falcons are identified as a Maine Endangered Species. Mount Desert Island’s falcon pairs have become the foundation of Maine’s peregrine falcon recovery program with the fledging of more than 100 chicks over the last 20 years.

Research has shown that nesting falcons are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance originating immediately above the nesting area or directed at the nest site. Continued disturbances can lead to chick mortality or complete nest failure, which further slows the recovery of the species in Maine.

In order to protect the nesting birds from inadvertent disturbance or harassment, areas in and around the Precipice and Valley Cove cliffs are closed to all visitor and operational activities. The closure at the Precipice includes the popular Precipice Trail on the east face of Champlain Mountain. The mountain section of the Orange & Black Path (formerly the East Face Trail) and the cliff face around these two trails are closed, as well. The closure at Valley Cove includes the Valley Cove Trail (formerly the north section of the Flying Mountain Trail) and the entire cliff area directly west of Valley Cove and below St. Sauveur and Valley Peak. The closed trails are clearly marked with signs that identify the reason for the closure, the dates, and a map that delineates the area of the closure.

These trails will remain closed until approximately five weeks after the chicks take their first flights, or fledge, from their nests. The park will announce the reopening of the closed areas and trails when the park biologist and the State Endangered Species biologist determine that human activities will not disturb the young birds. This usually happens in early August.

For more information, call 288-3338.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Bruce Connery

Telephone Number: (207)288-8726

Website: http://www.nps.gov/acad

Email: acadia_information@nps.gov