For over 25 years, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) has been a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in cooperation with the National Park Service.
The GGRO’s mission is to inspire the preservation of California raptor populations. The GGRO was formed in the early 1980s to track the Golden Gate migration, an annual flight of tens of thousands of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures, birds collectively called “raptors.”
New from GGRO
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 >>
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 >>
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Programs
The GGRO’s reason for being is to conduct long-term studies of the seasonal movements of birds of prey along the Pacific Coast, particularly over the Marin Headlands, to further the understanding and preservation of raptor populations.
As a part of our dedication to conservation, we are committed to public education. Our volunteers learn much about raptor ecology as they are trained to be citizen scientists for our projects. We also use Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands as a living classroom for children and adults alike. Our educational programs have reached many thousands of people over the past 25 years.Donate to the GGRO's DAP Fund >>
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Reports and Summaries
More About Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
- Will You Have the “Best Day” on Hawk Hill?
- 2014 Migration: Rise of the Rock Star Raptors
- Citizen Scientists Root for the 'Sea Hawks'
- GGRO at 30: A Bird’s-Eye View of Its Successes
- Wing-Wing Proposition: See Raptors, Advance Science as a GGRO Volunteer
- The Glamorous, Fabulous Ferruginous Hawk
- Coot Boon on Rodeo Lagoon!
- The Smaller Winged Creatures Flying Through the Headlands
- Big Bird, Little Bird: Size and Identifying Sex of Raptors
- Fresh Tracks: GGRO Continues Innovative Raptor Monitoring
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123