Interpretation During a Pandemic
Despite the Covid pandemic, The Interpretation staff at Arches National Park remain dedicated to connecting visitors to the park. Rangers have developed creative solutions like socially distanced astronomy pop-up programs and thematic social media posts on a variety of web-based platforms.

One notable social media project from Arches interpretation is a week-long series of posts celebrating 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment. The Women’s Suffrage postings include inspiring stories of women in the SEUG and the National Park Service.
Indian Creek Restrictions Lifted

MONTICELLO, Utah - Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sincerely thanks the climbing community for their efforts in avoiding raptor nesting sites during the spring climbing season. The BLM now welcomes climbers to use any walls within the Indian Creek corridor, and no longer asks for voluntary avoidance of nesting areas. 

Each spring, the BLM asks climbers to voluntarily avoid routes near historic nest sites in Indian Creek. In June 2020, the BLM confirmed no nesting activity on several walls and climbers no longer needed to avoid those walls. Minimizing disturbances during crucial egg incubation and brood rearing periods for peregrine falcons, eagles, and other raptors is critical to successfully rearing young. A BLM wildlife biologist monitored active nests weekly throughout the season and at least two peregrine falcon pairs successfully reared and fledged chicks. 

Peregrine falcons are remarkable birds that nest and hunt in the cliffs surrounding Indian Creek. They can fly up to 70 miles per hour and reach up to 200 miles per hour in free fall dives. However, despite their speed and agility, peregrine populations were in steep decline during the mid-20th century, and in the United States the birds became an endangered species. Today they have rebounded strongly since the use of DDT and other chemical pesticides have been curtailed. Though no longer listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the peregrine falcon is still a protected species. Voluntarily avoiding climbing routes with historical and active nests helps protect raptors and reduces the need for mandatory restrictions. 

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2020 Utah National Parks Challenge
The Utah National Parks Challenge is a virtual race series that asks participants to complete 369 miles (the distance through all five of the Mighty 5® national parks in Utah) and offers five park-themed virtual races featuring unique distances. Participants can start logging miles on September 1 and must complete the goal of 369 before the end of the year. You can also sign-up for the individual races if you only want to try one or two of your favorite parks.The event benefits the Natural History Associations for each park, ensuring their viability and preservation for generations to come. CNHA will receive $5 from every registration for the Arches Half Marathon and the Canyonlands Marathon!
Enter code Canyonlands for CNHA to receive a $5.00 donation
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