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Jun 27, 2009, 10:25 PM

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Re: [samburr] Fresno Dome & Peregrine Falcons
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Your on the wrong tack. If you want to play the intimidation game realize that "take" is a pretty difficult thing to prove in a court of law. There are nest failures contributable to a lot of other things than disturbance. Can your say "PARTNERSHIP, COOPERATION"

The best way I've found to manage nesting closures in my area has been to:
1) Give climbers ownership and acknowledgement in helping to manage the climbing resources.
2) Get climbers involved with the monitoring. make them a part of the solution rather than a group that wants to kick sand in your face (win-win).
3) Understand what the needs of the nesting pair are rather than setting up arbitrary closures that reduce your credibility. These needs can change from year to year depending on the site and the nesting pair. Closures should be based on the needs of the birds rather than the personality needs of the biologist.
4) Allow access surrounding areas and open the closure 2-weeks after the young have fledged (win-win).

If you need more information on how to developed a science based approach rather than the typical "cut and paste" arbitrary closure approach I suggest revisiting two good guide from the 90s when Peregrine were actually Threatened and Endangered:

Cade, T.J., J.H. Enderson, and J. Linthicum. 1996. Guide to management of Peregrine Falcons at the eyrie. The Peregrine Fund Inc., Boise, ID.


Raptors & Climbers (Access Fund, 1997) providing common-sense guidelines for managing climbing activity to protect raptor nest sites. Access Fund 303.545.6772.

(This post was edited by iching on Jun 28, 2009, 7:31 AM)

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