Teresa Ely

Banding Program Manager, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory


A San Francisco native, Teresa began working as a raptor handler and leading educational programs at the San Francisco Zoo at age 14. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with an undergraduate degree in Zoology, she returned to the Bay area to join the GGRO as an intern in 2008. Following her internship, Teresa went on to trap and band raptors during fall migration with a variety of other programs including ProNatura in Veracruz, Mexico, HawkWatch International at their Goshute Mountains and Manzano Mountains sites, and the Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa.

In May 2016 she completed her Master’s Degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying American Kestrel biology using count and banding data from migration sites across North America. Teresa is passionate about all things raptors but she is particularly interested in using banding data from long-term raptor migration studies to inform our knowledge of raptor ecology. Also adult male sharpies. Loves ‘em.