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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 >>