Rock Climbing returns To Zion National Park
Rock climbers are welcomed back to Zion National park after some areas of the sheer cliffs were closed because of peregrine falcons' nests. The peregrine falcons' nests are sensitive to disturbances from any predator. Cliffs where biologists have historically found nesting areas closed on March 1. Since then, National Park Service wildlife biologists, climbers, and other volunteers from the community have monitored nesting activity. These teams confirmed pairs of adult raptors occupied nesting sites across the park, and volunteers invested 172 hours of their time to support the effort. Zion National Park has been and continues to be an important sanctuary for peregrines and many other wildlife species. Though they're no longer on the endangered species list, peregrine falcons are still protected under the Migratory Bird Act.