Rock Climbing Among the many Peregrines



Rock Climbing Among the many Peregrines

Written by Conor Gearin

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    [High-pitched wind gust ambi] 
[sfx: small rocks clattering against stone]

Mountaineering on Eagle Cliff in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park requires good deal with the factors of contact between climber and mountain — 

[Peregrine Falcon call, ML 137573, 1:17-1:20]

— and holding a watch out for Peregrine Falcons whipping by! These granite cliffs are vital for peregrines — in reality, annually, common climbing routes within the space shut briefly to present nesting falcons their area.

    [Peregrine Falcon call, ML 137573]

Traditionally, peregrines bred all through New Hampshire’s White Mountains, however widespread use of the pesticide DDT prompted them to vanish from the state and all through japanese North America by the Nineteen Sixties.

Biologists launched captive-raised peregrines, hoping to reestablish the species within the wild. In 1981, Eagle Cliff hosted a profitable peregrine nest — the primary on a pure rock face within the japanese U.S. for the reason that inhabitants crash. Since then, state businesses and New Hampshire Audubon have labored with mountaineering teams to resolve when to shut cliffs in the summertime. 

Rock-climbing biologists and volunteers have a singular position to play. They enterprise as much as distant falcon nests to suit metallic ID bands on the legs of peregrine chicks, serving to scientists observe the Peregrine Falcon’s restoration.

Climbers proceed to benefit from the granite cliffs of New Hampshire — they usually’ve helped guarantee they’re not alone on the mountain.

[Peregrine Falcon pair calling, ML 137573, 3:52-3:55]

For BirdNote, I’m Ariana Remmel.


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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Peregrine Falcon ML 137573 recorded by G. Vyn.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote      Could 2022      Narrator: Ariana Remmel

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