Flatirons Wildlife Closures for 2018
From the City of Boulder News:
The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) has implemented seasonal wildlife closures to protect sensitive areas where birds of prey nest and raise their young. Last year, OSMP wildlife closures–which safeguard some of the highest-quality cliff-nesting habitat in the western United States–helped nesting raptors to raise:
OSMP has closed the following sensitive wildlife areas from Feb. 1 to July 31:
OSMP will lift closures if monitoring conducted by staff and volunteers indicates raptors are not present or if nesting attempts fail. OSMP relies heavily on the public to respect the closures, and the cooperation of visitors is greatly appreciated. OSMP rangers patrol closed areas on a regular basis.
To view an interactive map depicting enacted seasonal closures, please visit: https://maps.bouldercolorado.gov/wildlife-closures/
In addition to the flatirons, here's a reminder of nearby climbing access affected, from boulderclimbers.org.
Climbing areas in Eldorado Canyon State Park that are closed seasonally February 1 until July 15 (full details here):
Climbing areas in Boulder Canyon on US Forest Service land that are closed seasonally February 1 until July 31 (full details here):
Climbing areas on Jefferson County Open Space land including crags in Clear Creek Canyon are closed seasonally February 1 until July 31 (full details here):
Climbing areas in Lumpy Ridge on National Park Service land that are closed seasonally March 1 until July 31 (full details here):
Climbing areas in Staunton State Park that are closed in 2016 from February 1 until August 1 (for current conditions contact the park at 303-816-0912):
As one of the Boulder Canyon Golden Eagle nest monitor volunteers for the US Forest Service, I want to say THANKS to all who obey the seasonal closures. They work!
Last season, the BoCan Golden Eagle mating pair successfully fledged an eaglet, and that wouldn't have happened had people been climbing all around the nest site.
The BoCan closures are broad at first until the more-or-less "permanent" pair select their nest site; at that time.the closure is narrowed to that specific climbing area, and then ultimately lifted once the nest is empty again.
(Interesting note: The Boulder Canyon Golden Eagles started off with two eggs in the nest. Both hatched, and for a short while we could observe two fuzzy white chicks. Then there was only one. We can't say for certain what happened, but filicide and fratricide are not uncommon, given the scarcity of resources (food) at times.)