Join us for the 2016 migration season as a NEW hawkwatcher or bander! Visit the "Upcoming Opportunities" page to find out more.
For over 30 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
Interested in studying hawks, falcons, and eagles as a volunteer with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory? Learn about May recruitment meetings, and hear about the wonder of this work from current banders and hawkwatchers—some of whom have been volunteering for over two decades! more >>
Nearly 400 biologists from 12 countries gathered in Sacramento last month for a milestone conference on birds of prey. How did it go? Read the reflections of Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, which helped host the historic event. 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
- Bird Call: GGRO Seeks New Volunteer Citizen-Scientists for Fall Season
- GGRO Helps Raptor Conference Soar to New Heights
- GGRO Marks Key Moment in Conservation Biology
- 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!
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123