The Peregrine Falcons have been monitored as a species of interest in the Truckee area dating back to 2009. When the nests of these birds were being threatened a group of people sprang into action to help protect them. The full article can be found here or continue reading for the important highlights.
Who Watches These Falcons
The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Nevada Department of Wildlife, California Tahoe Conservancy, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, and Sierra Ecotone Solutions have monitored falcons as a special interest species dating back to 2009. (Source)
Monitoring the Peregrine Falcons
Over the years of monitoring, the falcon population increased and expanded to new basin areas like Castle Rock. Located in the southeast region of Lake Tahoe near Kingsbury Grade, the granite outcrop is an ideal nesting spot for the special bird. However, with excellent views of the lake, its popularity among climbers and hikers presented a new challenge for the raptor. (Source)
In 2019, they conducted an experiment with staff monitoring the nests. They sent volunteers up the climbing and hiking routes nearest the nests while observing the falcons’ behavior. They discovered that hikers caused more distress than the climbers when they traveled above the birds’ nests. (Source)
How to Help the Falcons
To educate hikers about their actions’ impacts on the young birds, signage was placed along the many trails at the site. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association helped place signs requesting that hikers not to summit Castle Rock until the birds have fledged. In addition, the Climbing Coalition’s influence among the climbing community helped encourage climbers to select other routes during the nesting season for the sake of the birds. (Source)
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Source: Enders, Mark. “Peregrine Falcons.” Tahoe Fund, 5 Nov. 2020, https://www.tahoefund.org/projects/completed-projects/peregrine-falcons/.