On Thumb Butte, both the north and south climbing faces, the top of Thumb Butte, and the areas at the base of the climbing faces will be closed to entry. Trail 33 will remain open for hiking. For the past thirteen years, this closure has provided the protection peregrines need to produce young birds from their nest site on Thumb Butte. Maps of the closed area will be posted around the Thumb Butte area.
The closures will begin February 2nd and last until July 15th. The Prescott National Forest is asking local birders to share their field observations of peregrine falcons with our resource managers to provide a better picture of peregrine nesting progress. Please send inquiries and information to Noel Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peregrine falcons were once listed under the Endangered Species Act. Due to many changes in management practices, peregrine falcons have since recovered from that vulnerable status. They continue to be managed under the requirements of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This law affords land managers the opportunity to provide peregrines the appropriate environment needed for successfully nesting and raising young birds.
If you have any questions about the peregrines and their management on Bradshaw District, please feel free to call Noel Fletcher (928) 443-8020.