G Gateus Raptoralium

Raptorthon Date: April 23, 2024

Team G. Gateus Raptoralium consists of 6 hawk watchers, a small subset of the enthusiastic volunteers of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO). We have various experiences and skills – some can bird by ears, some are dedicated supporters of urban Peregrine Falcons, and some take excellent photos – but we are all excited to experience the spring raptor migrations that is happening near the Marin Headlands. We look forward to find out how many of the 19 raptor species of our fall migration will show up on April 23!

GGRO, a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in cooperation with the National Park Service, was formed in the 1980s. One of GGRO’s missions is to inspire the preservation of raptor population through the long-term study of raptor migration. It is the only accessible fall migration site along the Pacific Coast. Each year, the hawk watch track the migration of 19 species of raptors at the Marin Headlands.  Our hawk watch and banding programs consist of GGRO staff and over 250 volunteer community scientists. You can find our annual fall migration data set at Hawkcount.org all the way back from 1986 and learn more about the GGRO Hawk Watch program at www.ggro.org.

We would like to take this opportunity to bring awareness of both HMANA and GGRO’s work on raptor conservation and migration monitoring programs.  Your contributions will help support HMANA’s HawkCount data site and the Raptor Population Index Project, as well as the GGRO’s hawk count. Thank you for your support and generous contributions.

Team members: Christina Tarr, Courtney Buechert, Denise Peck, Holly Thomas, Joan Duffield, Wing Ng


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