Join the Hawkwatch Program! We are recruiting new volunteers for the 2017 migration season. Attend one of our upcoming recruitment events to learn what our volunteers do and to pick up an application (all meetings are the same, only attend one):
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.”
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Here’s one “turkey” you might not want around your Thanksgiving dinner. The Turkey Vulture defecates on its feet, vomits as a defense, and feasts on carcasses. But it’s also one of the most fascinating animals in our parks. Learn how the GGRO is trying to unravel its mysteries. more >>
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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
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- 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
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123