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Broadwing Bonanza on Hawk Hill

Broadwing Hawks

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. Aside from these impressive numbers, why is this exciting? more >>


November 2012 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Exploding the Myth of the Raptor Peak Week

Exploding the Myth of the Raptor Peak Week

The fall raptor season is upon us, and that means Peak Week is coming quickly. What is Peak Week, you ask? Peak Week is the mini-season of absolute high-count, high-banding days each year at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. more >>


September 2012 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

It's "Awww"gust: Baby Season in the Parks

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With cute baby animals out and about, now’s a great time to explore your Golden National Parks. Click to see a slideshow of some of the parks’ budding young stars, and then gather up your own little ones for an “awww”-some park adventure. more >>


August 2012 | 3 Comments | Leave a comment

Here Again, Gone Again: Red-necked Phalaropes

08 Here Again, Gone Again: Red-necked Phalaropes

For just a few weeks each year, Red-necked Phalaropes visit Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands. This brief migratory stopover for these slender shorebirds allows birders a good view of this unique species. Click to learn why these birds are so unusual. more >>


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From Intern to Program Manager: A Round-trip Migration

From Intern to Program Manager

Parks Conservancy internships launch scientific careers! Chris Briggs was a banding intern with the GGRO in 2000. A dozen years of raptor research later, Dr. Briggs returns to the GGRO as the Banding Program Manager to take over when Buzz Hull retires. more >>


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Aerial Bridges: Birds that Span Continents

Aerial Bridges_Birds that Span Continents

International Migratory Bird Day has been celebrating migratory birds for 20 years, and here in the Golden Gate National Parks a free IMBD event has been held for 12 years running. Join us at Muir Woods on May 12 for bird walks, demonstrations, games and activities, and a chance to meet a live Spotted Owl! more >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

Bank Swallows of Fort Funston

Bank Swallows of Fort Funston

For hundreds of thousands of years, the coastal bluffs at Fort Funston have faced off against the Pacific Ocean, prevailing winds cleaving off inches of sandstone each winter. And each spring, hundreds of Bank Swallows (five-inch, globe-trotting bug-traps with wings) return to these cliffs to carve out nesting holes. more >>


April 2012 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Breezy Redtails and Their Feather Secrets

Red-tailed Hawk

Balancing precariously on the strong March winds, stilling Red-tailed Hawks are easy to spot in the Marin Headlands. But what’s the driving force behind this aerial feat? What adaptations do these majestic raptors rely upon to perch in the sky? more >>


March 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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