Have Eyes Like a Hawk? 'Fly' Like an Eagle? Discover Your Raptor 'Patronus!'




By Ashley Santiago & Laura Echávez
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Interns

Have you ever wondered who your raptor doppelgänger is? Look no further!

Below, match up your Myers-Briggs personality type to a bird of prey observed during the fall migration over Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands (if you don’t know your Myers-Briggs type, you can find many versions of the test on the Internet).

Are you a strategic Peregrine Falcon? Maybe a flashy Red-shoulder? Or are you are a selfless protector of the environment, like the Turkey Vulture, which removes dangerous diseases from the environment by eating carcasses?

We at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO)—a Parks Conservancy program in cooperation with the National Park Service—can help you “meet” your raptor counterpart, eye to hawk-eye! Join GGRO volunteers on Hawk Hill, or in the banding blinds scattered throughout the Marin Headlands, to learn how to spot your feathered friend in the skies.

We are lucky to be able to observe 19 unique species of raptors migrating through the Marin Headlands every fall. It’s hard not to feel a sense of connection when our volunteers at the GGRO go out to count and band raptors, as we continually expand our understanding of these beautiful birds.

Much like how every species contributes an important environmental service, all personality types have something to contribute to the GGRO!

We are currently looking for new volunteers in Fall 2018 for both our hawkwatch and banding programs. If you are interested in volunteering with us, come to one of our recruitment events to learn more:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 7–9 pm
Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 7–9 pm
Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10 am–Noon

Thumbnail and banner photos by Kirke Wrench/NPS

  • Prairie Falcon
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Golden Eagle
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Swainson's Hawk
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Osprey
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Merlin
  • Bald Eagle
  • American Kestrel
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Peregrine Falcon