Cliff Areas Closed to Protect Peregrine Falcons
Posted on 05/15/2017

Twelve cliff areas are currently closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Peregrines are vulnerable to human disturbance on or above a nesting cliff and the cliffs are closed to improve the odds for successful nesting.

  • Barnet Roadcut (Barnet) – Rte 5 pullout closed
  • Bolton Notch “Upper Upper West” (Bolton) – cliff closed to climbing
  • Bone Mt (Bolton) – areas of cliff closed to climbing
  • Deer Leap (Bristol) – cliff-top closed
  • Eagle Ledge (Vershire) – cliff closed
  • Fairlee Palisades (Fairlee) – cliff-top closed
  • Hazens Notch (Lowell) – cliff closed to climbing
  • Marshfield Mt (Marshfield) – areas closed to climbing
  • Mt Horrid (Brandon) – Great Cliff overlook closed
  • Nichols Ledge (Woodbury) – cliff-top closed
  • Rattlesnake Pt (Salisbury) – cliff-top closed
  • Snake Mt (Addison) – area south of pond at top is closed

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department partners with Audubon Vermont to monitor the sites throughout the nesting season. These sites will remain closed until August 1 or until the department determines the risk to nesting falcons has passed. Additional sites may be added to the closed list if nesting falcons choose new sites.

Thank you for your support in protecting peregrine nesting sites. You are helping to ensure that peregrines are part of Vermont’s landscape.