From March 3, restrictions for extreme skiers and mountaineers will apply in the Tatra Mountains. Reason? The peregrine falcon’s nest in the area of Kazalnica Cubryńska – right next to the Czarny Staw pod Rysami. “The climbing area will be reopened when the falcon offspring safely leave the nest” – informs the Tatra National Park.
The Tatra National Park announced the closure of some climbing routes and downhill routes for extreme skiing. The reason is the falcon’s nest in the area of Kazalnica Cubryńska.
Restrictions in the Tatras until the end of July
As we read in the TPN communiqué, the following sections will be closed for the sake of breeding falcons from March 3: Żleb Krygowskiego – Small Kocioł Mięguszowiecki – Niżnia Galeria Cubryńska – Cubryńska Kopka – walls descending from Cubryńska Kopka to the Mnichowy Żleb together with the Szulakiewicza Żleb.
“The northern limit of the closed area is the mouth of the Mnichowy Żleb – the base of the walls of Kazalnica Liliowa and Kazalnica Cubryńska to the Krygów gully” – inform the park authorities.
The climbing area will be reopened once the young falcons have safely left the nest. Naturalists estimate that the restrictions should last until July 31.
A special time in the life of falcons
This is not the first closure of extreme skiing and climbing routes in the area. – We are introducing such restrictions due to the special time in the life of falcons. Last year, our message met with a very positive reception from tourists. If tourists know why such restrictions are introduced, they willingly comply with them – said Paulina Kołodziejska from the Tatra National Park in an interview with tvn24.pl.
He adds that the area where restrictions have been introduced will be marked.
Peregrine falcons are a rare and valuable species under strict protection in Poland. These birds were on the verge of extinction in the 1960s and 1970s due to the extensive use of pesticides. This species has been reintroduced since the 1990s.
Main photo source: Piotr Krzan, TPN