Thursday, 01 December 2022

Audubon to host program Sept. 15 on birds of prey migrating over the Marin Headlands

Hawks over the Golden Gate Bridge. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Redbud Audubon Society will host raptor expert Allen Fish on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. on a Zoom program.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by going to the website, www.redbudaudubon.org and clicking on the link on the home page.

Fish is a bird biologist, writer, teacher, and community science expert who has been the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, or GGRO, director since 1985.

The GGRO is a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in cooperation with the National Parks Service which operates the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, located throughout parts of San Francisco and includes Hawk Hill on the Marin Headlands.

From August through December each year a great number of hawks, kites, eagles, falcons, osprey, vultures and harriers pass through the Marin Headlands on their autumn migration. This spectacular visible flight has been monitored and tracked by National Park Service volunteers since the early 1980s, under the auspices of the GGRO.

Join director, Allen Fish for a “deep dive” into what GGRO and colleagues have learned over four decades of counting, banding and tracking birds of prey. Fish will attempt to answer questions like, “what raptor species have the most increasing population trends?” And: “what species are GGRO most concerned about?”

The biologist will talk about the weirdest raptor that has been seen at Hawk Hill, and what Merlins eat on migration, and do we know? The impact on climate change on the Pacific Raptor Flyway will also be addressed as well as the greatest threats to California birds of prey.

Allen Fish taught Raptor Biology at UC Davis in the 2000s and in 2022 was named to the Honorary Scholar Hall of Fame by the Biology Department at Sonoma State University. He lives in Berkeley with frequent migrations to the Marin Headlands and to Donner Pass.

The Redbud Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in Lake County. It hosts the Christmas Bird Count, organizes collection of fishing line to protect lake birds, supervises a Bluebird trail and is active in many environmental issues in the County.


Raptor expert Allen Fish. Courtesy photo.

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