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Eagle Rock in Boulder Canyon has reopened after a five-month closure to protect nesting golden eagles.

One eaglet survived and one did not.

“Two chicks hatched initially, but unfortunately only one survived to fledge, which isn’t uncommon in birds of prey,” Aurelia DeNasha, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, said in a news release.

The cause of death was not determined for the second chick, the release said, but cooperation by climbers with the closures are crucial to the eagles’ success each season.

“Golden eagle pairs are most susceptible to disturbance when choosing a nesting site,” DeNasha said. “These closures allow the birds to pick the best site for survival without impact of other factors, such as human presence. Once chosen, the nest site stays closed until the eagles fledge in late July.”

Once the eagles selected a site, the unused areas were reopened in April.

Annual nesting closures include rock climbing spots at Eagle Rock, Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress and Security Risk in Boulder Canyon. The closures, effective through Friday, protect a long-established golden eagle nesting territory, the release said.

Happy Hour, Bihedral and Riviera remain open as long as visitors stay out of the closed areas.

Federal and state laws prohibit disturbing any nesting bird of prey. Only employees, volunteers and wildlife professionals under an agreement with the Forest Service are allowed to enter the nesting areas for monitoring purposes. Visitors are asked to respect all closures and leave immediately if the nesting area is accidentally entered.

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