It appears that nesting attempts by Peregrine falcons in some areas of Acadia National Park have failed this year. As a result, areas that had been closed during the nesting season have been reopened.
While falcons that nested on the cliffs in the Precipice area were successful, those that had been seen defending and engaging in courtship behavior at the Valley Cove and Jordan Cliffs areas of the park in April and May were not. As a result, the closures at both cliff areas, which included the North Section of the Flying Mountain Trail and Jordan Cliffs Trails, to protect the nesting activities of the falcons have been reopened.
The cause of the nest failure is not known, but the adults observed in early spring are clearly not defending nesting territories at either location, park officials say.
Closures at the Precipice remain active to protect nesting activities by the adults. The area will remain closed until the fledglings are determined to be independent of their natal cliff and the support of the adults.