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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Hawkwatch and Banding Programs

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
National Park Service; Hawk Migration Association; USGS-BRD No. American Raptor Monitoring Strategy

Contact Information
Name:Allen FishStreet:Building 201 Fort Mason
City: San FranciscoState: California
Zip Code:94123-Phone: 415-331-0730 Web site1:
Fax: 415 331-7521Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):250
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $140000 Year monitoring began: 1983

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government State Government Local Government
X FoundationsX BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory has monitored the Marin Headlands near the Golden Gate, site of the largest known migratory concentration of birds of prey, since 1983, generating 50,000 hours of volunteer time annually. We track annual movements and numbers for 19 species of birds of prey. We coordinate efforts through the USGS Biological Research Division and the Hawk Migration Association, and operate as a nonprofit project of the Golden Gate National Park Association in cooperation with the National Park Service.

Environments monitored:
Air, Land

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, Federal government, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Research Our program, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, State government, Federal government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsFederal government
Watershed planningFederal government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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