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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

What Bird Personality Fits Your Bill?

Allen's Hummingbird (Don Moseman)

In the film “Moonrise Kingdom,” Sam pointed to Suzy and asked: “What kind of bird are YOU?” Now you’ll never get caught without an answer, thanks to our new personality quiz, released just in time for International Migratory Bird Day. Find out your feathered phenotype! more >>

Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz Reaches New Heights

Did you Know: May 2014

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. more >>

May 2014 | Leave a comment

This Celebration’s For the Birds

This Celebration’s For the Birds

On May 10, bring the whole family to Muir Beach and Muir Woods for International Migratory Bird Day! Learn the history of this unique event, now in its 14th year, and discover festivities in honor of our feathered friends across the Redwood Creek Watershed more >>

One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

You don’t need a Seussian doctorate to celebrate BioBlitz (March 28–29)—just a love of learning about all the organisms in our parks! Participate in a species inventory, enjoy the Biodiversity Festival, attend special programs, or volunteer alongside event staff. We’re “counting” on you to make Golden Gate’s BioBlitz the best one yet! more >>

March 2014 | Leave a comment


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