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The Rarest Birds Ever Seen From Hawk Hill

Rare birds

What’s even better than catching a rare Pokémon? Spotting a seldom-seen raptor from Hawk Hill. more >>

September 2016 | Leave a comment

Bird Call: GGRO Seeks New Volunteer Citizen-Scientists for Fall Season

GGRO Seeks New Volunteer Citizen-Scientists

Interested in studying hawks, falcons, and eagles as a volunteer with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory? Learn about May recruitment meetings, and hear about the wonder of this work from current banders and hawkwatchers—some of whom have been volunteering for over two decades! more >>

April 2016 | Leave a comment

A Record-High Number of Plovers: What Does It Mean?

A Record-High Number of Plovers: What Does It Mean?

In January, a record number of Western snowy plovers were spotted at Ocean Beach. What are some possible reasons for this sky-high count? Read the latest on park monitoring of these threatened species—and learn what you can do to help their chances of survival. more >>

March 2016 | Leave a comment

GGRO Helps Raptor Conference Soar to New Heights

GGRO Raptor Conference

Nearly 400 biologists from 12 countries gathered in Sacramento last month for a milestone conference on birds of prey. How did it go? Read the reflections of Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, which helped host the historic event. more >>

January 2016 | Leave a comment

GGRO Marks Key Moment in Conservation Biology

GGRO Marks Key Moment in Conservation Biology

Fifty years ago, biologists gathered a convening with an unprecedented specific purpose—saving a species on the brink, the Peregrine Falcon. Learn about that pivotal event and how you can support the GGRO’s hosting of an important raptor conference this fall, which continues to draw inspiration from the ’65 meeting. more >>

November 2015 | Leave a comment

Will You Have the “Best Day” on Hawk Hill?

Will You Have the “Best Day” on Hawk Hill?

What’s the greatest number of raptor (bird of prey) species seen in one day on Hawk Hill? And what’s the highest volume of raptors spotted in a day? Read on to find out—and learn how you can witness a possible “best day” at the West Coast’s premier hawk migration monitoring spot. more >>

September 2015 | Leave a comment

A Bird’s Eye View of Alcatraz

alcatraz gull

Join Chris Briggs, research director of our Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, for a tour of the nesting birds on Alcatraz. In this essay, he points out some rookeries on the Rock—and shares the sad history of the turn-of-the-century feather craze. more >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

2014 Migration: Rise of the Rock Star Raptors


What do you call two smiling raptor banders? A pair o’grins! Beaming faces were abundant on Hawk Hill during the fall 2014 migration season, which featured plenty of “celebrity” raptors, a loopy Redtail, a bald eagle flyby, and 300 intrepid Golden Gate Raptor Observatory volunteers. more >>

February 2015 | Leave a comment

Citizen Scientists Root for the 'Sea Hawks'

Citizen Scientists Root for the 'Sea Hawks'

In the heart of 49er country, two GGRO volunteers are working to monitor the Bay Area’s population of osprey (aka “sea hawks”). Learn how these citizen scientists are harnessing the power of the people to protect these magnificent birds. more >>

November 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

GGRO at 30: A Bird’s-Eye View of Its Successes

Cooper's Hawk

The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory turns 30 this fall. With the GGRO at a stage of maturity and reflection, Director Allen Fish tells the tale of the people who founded this pioneering citizen science program. Also, discover its many volunteer-driven accomplishments—and inventions! more >>

September 2014 | Leave a comment


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