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A Bird’s Eye View of Alcatraz

alcatraz gull

By Chris Briggs

Research Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory


Brandt’s Cormorants in spaced-apart “straw” nests. (credit: Allen Fish)

I recently spent part of the day visiting Alcatraz. There’s a lot of interesting history on that... more >>


March 2015 | Leave a comment

2014 Migration: Rise of the Rock Star Raptors

bite

By Allen Fish
Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

Lonesome trail
GGRO intern Kris Vanesky rapturously holds a juvenile Peregrine Falcon
(credit: Brian Smucker)

The 30th season for the... more >>


February 2015 | Leave a comment

Citizen Scientists Root for the 'Sea Hawks'

Citizen Scientists Root for the 'Sea Hawks'

This coming February marks the first meeting of the Citizen Science Association, to be held in San Jose, Calif., and one of the more interesting and powerful CS concepts is the idea of “outcomes.” How is a citizen volunteer changed by participating in scientific research? The results might be mundane,... 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 (GGRO) is 30 years old this fall (you might even say it’s peeking into middle age). The year 1984 was indeed a long time ago; Ronald Reagan had just been re-elected. George W. Bush was between political campaigns and fully focused on starting small oil... more >>


September 2014 | Leave a comment

What Bird Personality Fits Your Bill?

Allen's Hummingbird (Don Moseman)

What kind of bird are you? Find out with our scientifically dubious but finely feathered personality quiz, based on distinct avian phenotypes!


 

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Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz Reaches New Heights

Did you Know: May 2014

Thousands of Scientists, Students, and Community Members Converge on Parks For Scientific Exploration and Discovery 

After two intensive days of exploration and documentation, the Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz (March 28–29) captured a vivid snapshot of the unique biodiversity in the parks. Led by more than 320 volunteer scientists from across... more >>


May 2014 | Leave a comment

This Celebration’s For the Birds

This Celebration’s For the Birds

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) was created by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in the early 1990s and is now coordinated by Environment for the Americas, a nonprofit dedicated to bird conservation. This celebration of migratory birds spans from South America to Canada, and enables... more >>



One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

A flash of silver in the creek. A whir of wings from the branches above. A bushy tail disappearing into a tangle of undergrowth.

For most of us, encounters with wildlife in the Golden Gate National Parks are fleeting. Rarely do we have the opportunity to document, share, and fully appreciate... more >>


March 2014 | Leave a comment

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Even though Mother Nature was kind enough to turn the waterworks on in mid-February, California continues to be affected by a severe drought and the recent rains may not be enough to reverse the trend.

According to dendrochronology, or the dating of past (climactic) events by measuring tree ring growth, trees... more >>


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The Ravens of Hawk Hill: Intelligence, Play, and Social Behavior

The Ravens of Hawk Hill

On any visit to Hawk Hill, you might notice the resident common ravens (Corvus corax) hanging out on fencing, sitting on platforms, or acrobatically tumbling through the air. 

Ravens belong to a taxonomic family of birds called the corvids, which also... more >>


March 2014 | 3 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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