MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A number of cliff areas that were closed this spring and early summer to protect nesting peregrine falcons have reopened to hikers and rock climbers.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife's migratory bird biologist John Buck says "nesting data suggests Vermont falcons had a good year." A final report is expected later this year.

Cliff areas were closed this spring in Addison, Bolton, Brandon, Bristol, Fairlee, Lowell, Marshfield, Salisbury, Vershire and Woodbury. The department says nesting success is partly due to cooperation from hikers and rock climbers who maintain a respectful distance from nesting falcons, which are sensitive to human presence.

Audubon biologist Margaret Fowle says biologist and volunteers monitored more than 50 peregrine pairs in early spring and summer and more than 60 fledglings were produced.