Part of the beauty of Smith Rock State Park is its raptor presence.
Each year we’re graced with new offspring of these magnificent creatures when we help protect their nesting grounds, usually from May until late July.
As of July 31, 2016, all seasonal nesting closures have been lifted, with the announcement of the fledging of the peregrine falcons.
Golden and bald eagle closures were lifted earlier in the month, ending a hugely successful nesting season in 2016 for the park. In total, 4 peregrine falcons, 2 bald eagles, and 2 golden eagles fledged this season.