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Falcon Accipiter Buteo – A 35-Year Review of Community Science at the GGRO

September 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Falcon Accipiter Buteo – A 35-Year Review of Community Science at the GGRO

GGRO volunteers releasing juvenile Cooper's Hawks after banding; © Walter Kitundu

Please join us for our first General Meeting of the fall season. Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, will present on the organization’s results, revelations, conundrums, quandaries, and half-baked hypotheses.

Bay Area native Allen Fish was hired to direct the GGRO starting in 1985 after a robust education in avian ecology from UC Davis. His first public speech was on the Yosemite Great Gray Owls for the then-Davis Audubon Society in 1981 using Kodak slides.

About the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory: Since the mid-1980s, volunteers and staff of the GGRO have been tracking the annual fall migration of birds of prey over the Marin Headlands, the largest known flight path on the Pacific Coast. Thirty-five years later — with 42,391 raptors banded and 720,927 raptors counted – just what have we learned?

Come to meeting to find out what GGRO has learned: which California city has the largest density of nesting Cooper’s Hawks ever recorded? What raptor showed the highest resilience to West Nile virus? What was the rarest raptor documented in the Marin Headlands in the past three decades? Are you more likely to call a Coop a Sharp-shin or vice versa? What is the raptor species of greatest conservation concern in California today?

The program starts at 7:30 p.m., but everyone is invited for refreshments and conversation at 7:00. We meet at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis.


September 18, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Davis Senior Center
646 A Street
Davis, CA 95616 United States
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