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Rapturous Raptors: Insider Tips on Watching the Fall Migration

Hawk demo (Jessica Weinberg)

From now through November, 19 species of birds of prey will be making their annual appearance over the Marin Headlands. With tens of thousands of raptors counted during the fall migration, it’s the largest flight of its kind in the western U.S.! Read on for raptor-watching tips. more >>


September 2013 | Leave a comment

The Origins of Feathers

Bluebird

Feathers are a uniquely avian adaptation—or are they? While feathers can only be seen on birds today, evidence has shown that many dinosaurs also had feathers. Read on to learn about the variety—and possible purposes—of dinosaur feathers. more >>


August 2013 | Leave a comment

Owls: Custom-Made for Night Hunting

Great Horned Owl (Don Moseman)

The trailside discovery of a Great Horned Owl tail feather sparked this rumination: What are some of the many adaptations that make owls such proficient hunters in the dark, quiet night? Take wing and learn more about their unique traits. more >>



The Elusive, Mystifying Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Follow the trials and triumphs of a Golden Gate Raptor Observatory intern, as told through several encounters with a particularly mysterious species of raptor—the Northern Harrier. more >>


March 2013 | 5 Comments | Leave a comment

A Hawkwatcher’s View of the New Hawk Hill

Hawk in flight (Walter Kitundu)

A year ago, Monterey pines and Monterey cypresses were removed from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands to restore endangered mission blue butterfly habitat. How did this affect the birds during fall migration? more >>


January 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Broadwing Bonanza on Hawk Hill

Broadwing Hawks

On September 27, 2012, on Hawk Hill, we counted 295 Broad-winged Hawk sightings, 10 times our previous one-day count for that species. We even exceeded our season-total record—248 sightings—in just that one day. Aside from these impressive numbers, why is this exciting? more >>


November 2012 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Exploding the Myth of the Raptor Peak Week

Exploding the Myth of the Raptor Peak Week

The fall raptor season is upon us, and that means Peak Week is coming quickly. What is Peak Week, you ask? Peak Week is the mini-season of absolute high-count, high-banding days each year at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. more >>


September 2012 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Here Again, Gone Again: Red-necked Phalaropes

08 Here Again, Gone Again: Red-necked Phalaropes

For just a few weeks each year, Red-necked Phalaropes visit Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands. This brief migratory stopover for these slender shorebirds allows birders a good view of this unique species. Click to learn why these birds are so unusual. more >>


August 2012 | Leave a comment

From Intern to Program Manager: A Round-trip Migration

From Intern to Program Manager

Parks Conservancy internships launch scientific careers! Chris Briggs was a banding intern with the GGRO in 2000. A dozen years of raptor research later, Dr. Briggs returns to the GGRO as the Banding Program Manager to take over when Buzz Hull retires. more >>


July 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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