Big Bend Park Closes Access to Help Falcons

Less than a dozen Peregrine Falcon nesting pairs are known to exist in Texas.

 

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK (Ben Caxton) — Concerns about the small number of Peregrine Falcons in Texas will lead to some trail closures in Big Bend National Park, starting as early as February 1st. While the Peregrine Falcon was removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999, it remains on the sate list as less than a dozen nesting pairs are known to exist in Texas. To aid in the recovery of the falcon population, the park will be closing public access to “Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim junction to a point just north of Campsite Northeast 4” and “All Southeast Rim campsites as well as Northeast campsites 4 and 5” from February 1st through May 31. In addition rock climbing on rock faces within ¼ mile of know Peregrine eyries, as posted, will not be allowed between February 1 and July 15. Check if you’re visiting as these closings may be modified on short notice by the park administration if needed.

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