Volunteer at GGRO

Join the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory!

RECRUITMENT UPDATE: We are happy to announce that this year we were finally able to bring in a new cohort of volunteers to both our Hawkwatch and Banding Programs! We are not doing any additional recruiting this year, but if you would like to be added to future recruitment communications, please email us at ggro@parksconservancy.org

The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) uses long-term volunteer-powered research programs to track the fall migration of raptors through the Marin Headlands. We recruit new volunteers in spring, with training for new volunteers offered only once a year in July and August, for participation in either the Hawkwatch or Banding program. 

We recruit hawkwatchers annually and banders every other year. All GGRO volunteers commit to one regular, full field day in the Marin Headlands every two weeks (i.e. every other Tuesday, every other Sunday, etc.) during our sixteen-week monitoring period, mid-August to December. All training is provided. Hawkwatchers must be 18 years old or have an adult guardian hawkwatching with them; banders must be 18. 

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