Peregrine Falcon nesting season is underway, and BC Parks is urging climbers to report any sightings at the Stawamus Chief to the parks authorities.
In late March, territorial behaviour was observed in the Memorial Ledge area of the Stawamus Chief suggesting the falcons may have established a nest in this area.
However, the nest location has not been confirmed.
BC Parks is urging climbers to watch for falcons and use extra caution when climbing in this area.
“If you encounter a falcon in this area or anywhere else, please show it respect and keep your distance. If birds appear agitated (e.g., high pitched calling) or are aggressive, leave the area as soon as possible,” says BC Parks.
The falcons are roughly the size of a common crow and regularly nest on the rock ledges of the Chief. According to BC Parks, falcons may aggressively protect their nest by dive-bombing those who get too close to them.
With the help of climbers and volunteers, BC Parks has been monitoring the falcon activity between March and July each year at the Chief.
Please contact Joanna Hirner at Joanna.Hirner@gov.bc.ca or at 604-924-2228 to report a falcon activity.