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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. Why is this exciting?
Broad-winged Hawks are soaring hawks that nest throughout the eastern broad-leafed forests. They do... more >>
This season, the GGRO is able to use brand-new technology to help us track bird movements. On Friday, August 23 we put out a GSM (cell phone) transmitter on a female juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, nicknamed Augusta. This device utilizes a GPS device, similar to a hand-held or car GPS unit,... more >>
Throughout the 1980s–90s, the GGRO Peak Week—that is, the seven-day stretch that contained the highest hawk count days of the year—truly happened in a week (or roughly a week). In those not-so-ancient times, we recorded highest count days as early as September 15 (569 sightings in 1987) and as late... more >>
With cute baby animals out and about, now’s a great time to explore your Golden National Parks. View this slideshow of some of the parks’ budding young stars, and then gather up your own little ones for an “awww”-some park adventure.
You can also view more photos of our parks (and... more >>
By Robyn Smith, GGRO Intern
For many visitors to the Marin Headlands, the main draw to Rodeo Lagoon may be a willow-lined walk to the beach, a picnic by the historic buildings of Fort Cronkhite, or a chance to watch some interesting wildlife.
In August, the east end of Rodeo Lagoon... more >>
By Chris Briggs
In March 2000, I got a call from Buzz Hull offering me a Parks Conservancy internship here in the Headlands with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. I was so excited for the opportunity to work with birds of prey,... more >>
In the 21st century, Bald Eagles have become a more common than rare sighting in the Bay Area, mostly seen in the wintertime near a supply of ducks or fish. In the spring or summer, nesting Balds may even stake a claim near a large Bay Area lake or reservoir.... more >>
For thousands of years, birds of all shapes and sizes have followed signs and signals that humans still do not understand to travel between wintering and breeding grounds. Not all birds migrate, but those that do may voyage very far. For example, the Red Knot, a medium-sized shorebird, makes one... more >>
Although truly global in their range (called “Sand Martins” in Eurasia and Africa), Bank Swallows were classed as “threatened” in the state of California in 1989, primarily due to the loss of their required cliff-nesting habitat. Because coastal sand bluffs are so rare, only... more >>
“Is that hawk on a leash?!” The absurdity of the question nearly stopped me in my tracks last fall. As an intern and new docent with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, I had heard many of the same questions over and over again. Where... more >>