The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a statement on Aug. 30 to thank the rock climbing community for helping to ensure a successful nesting season for resident peregrine falcons and other raptors within Indian Creek.
In March, the BLM asked climbers to voluntarily avoid climbing on routes near known historic nest sites at The Wall, Cat Wall and Reservoir Wall in the Indian Creek climbing area.
The BLM reports that raptors in the area have successfully fledged and these walls are available for the fall climbing season.
The BLM requested the cooperation of the climbing community in order to encourage peregrine pairs to use historic nesting sites and help minimize disturbance during crucial incubation and brood rearing periods.
The local BLM wildlife biologist monitored several nests throughout the season and recently confirmed the birds had successful fledged.
While peregrines are not an overly common sight in southeastern Utah, they are present throughout the area and keen-eyed observers are sometimes rewarded with their aerial acrobatics.
The BLM said that now visitors can enjoy watching the antics of young peregrines perfecting their flying techniques. The BLM still requests visitors respect wildlife in the area and keep a safe distance.
The peregrine falcon was removed from the federal Endangered Species list in 1999. Peregrine populations in Utah continue to recover statewide, thanks in part to cooperation from the public in helping land managers protect nesting habitat during critical times of year.
BLM reports successful raptor nesting season