Hawk Hill Fall 2020
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Hawk Hill Fall 2020
The GGRO's autumn hawk count site is located at the northeastern summit of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands, Marin County, California. Hawk Hill is a 914-foot hilltop, about 0.20 mile and a 100-ft elevation gain walk from the parking strip on Conzelman Road. This entire lower Marin peninsula is a part of an urban national park, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, under jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The habitat type surrounding Hawk Hill is coastal scrub, a 3- to 8-foot tall canopy of woody shrubs, primarily coyote brush, although coastal sage, poison oak, and various native grasses thrive here as well. There are few trees here, but primarily non-natives -- Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress, and Blue Gum Eucalyptus -- and native and wind-bent Coast Live Oaks. The predominant year-round wind direction is from the northwest, with wind speeds averaging just a few miles an hour, but gusting to 30+ mph. During the summer, California's warm Sacramento Valley pulls cool air quickly off the Pacific Ocean creating high western winds, and lots of summer fog. This summer fog in turn supports additional moisture-loving plant species, such as sword ferns and coast redwoods. Hawk Hill is approximately 1/2 mile from the Golden Gate, that is, from the channel between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay that is spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate varies from 1 to 2.5 miles wide, and presumably effects the raptors behavior as they prepare for and attempt the crossing heading from north to south.
From Hwy 101 N of San Francisco Take exit 442 to merge onto Alexander Ave Turn left onto Bunker Rd (1.3 mi for 4 mins) Turn left onto McCullough Rd (0.9 mi for 2 mins) At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Conzelman Rd Park at the top before one-way Rd. (0.6 mi for 4 mins) The hike up to the summit of Hawk Hill is short, but steep (0.5 miles RT)
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
For over 30 years, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) has been a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in cooperation with the National Park Service.
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