When rumors circulated that the parents of the Bald and Golden Eagles had abandoned their nests with the big snow the park got in February, we reached out to Park Management. While former Smith Rock State Park Naturalist David Vick retired last year, that hasn’t stopped him from caring how nesting season is going.
A park visitor found an injured female Peregrine Falcon along side the Misery Ridge Trail the morning of October 11 about halfway up the east side.
The park saw another successful breeding season for most of its raptor population. Fledging activity with the Bald and Golden Eagles this week prompted a lift of climbing restrictions in the Monument Area for the Goldens, as well as a lift of the trail restriction advisory on the Canyon Trail for the Balds as of today, Saturday, July 7, 2018.
It's that time of the year again when we watch the watchers. The eagle nest watchers that is. We now have an update on both the bald and golden eagles. Smith Rock is unique in that both species share a relatively small area each year to breed.
The last of the raptor closures, this time for both Prairie and Peregrine falcons, has been lifted as of July 15, 2017 at Smith Rock State Park. Yes, climbers—First Kiss is back open, along with all routes above 100 feet in the Smith Rock Group area.