Climbers asked to avoid I-90 rock wall after peregrine falcon nest is discovered

Climbers asked to avoid I-90 rock wall after peregrine falcon nest is discovered

Climbers asked to avoid I-90 rock wall after peregrine falcon nest is discovered

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 7:54 PM

EVERETT, Wash. - Biologists have discovered peregrine falcons nesting on a popular climbing site on Forest Service land above the Olallie State Park and are concerned that climbers will disturb the nest.

The nest is on the Deception Crag Wall at Interstate 90, exit 38. Biologists are asking climbers not to climb the rock face until the nestlings fledge at the end of June.

The steep rock face protects the eggs and nestlings from predators and offers a sweeping view of the landscape where the adults are able to hunt for prey, said Sonny Paz, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest biologist.

State parks reports that up to 200 people attempt to climb the wall on weekends.

The peregrine falcon is designated a sensitive species, which requires the Forest Service to monitor the bird and protect its breeding habitat from harm and harassment.

Paz says the birds may be seen from the parking lot when they are flying around the nest.

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