Most Smith Rock Raptor Closures Lifted


July 7, 2018

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.

The single Golden eaglet has fledged, but it was seen up a draw in the Monument Area a couple days ago likely being attended to by its parents. Use caution and stay away from the eaglet should you see it and report your sighting to the park office by calling 541-548-7501.

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 Solo, last year's single Bald eaglet hangs out near the River Trail. 

Solo, last year's single Bald eaglet hangs out near the River Trail. 

While you don't have to watch your group size and keep your voice low on the Canyon Trail since the two Bald eaglets are flying around now, it would be great if you keep doing it anyway for the rest of us that look to that trail for its serenity.

The Bivy Campground rim tent sites remain closed since the eaglets have been seen returning to the nest daily and sometimes being fed by the adult eagles.

We didn't have any Peregrine Falcon offspring this year since the loss of the original male in a battle with another raptor early in the season. We are hopeful for next year though, as the Peregrine female has already paired up with another male.

 Peregrine Falcon pair

Peregrine Falcon pair

As far as Prairie Falcons, there isn't any good data yet on their success in this year's breeding, but we do know they had chicks in the nest. So, in the meantime, the First Kiss climbing area restrictions stay in place until July 15. 

 An excited Prairie Falcon chick sees dinner approaching.

An excited Prairie Falcon chick sees dinner approaching.


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