Vermont peregrine nesting over, cliff trails to reopen

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the nesting season for peregrine falcons is over and cliffs that had been closed to hikers and rock climbers will reopen Aug. 1.

Biologists say all the young peregrine falcons that were hatched this year have learned to fly and they will not be disturbed by the presence of humans on the cliffs where they were raised.

Last year, 35 of 55 nesting falcon pairs in Vermont successfully raised 68 young peregrines.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s bird biologist Doug Morin says a final report will be released later this year with the number of peregrines that were hatched in the state.

Peregrines nest atop cliffs and nearby hiking trails are closed in the spring so as not to disturb them.

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