Soaring and gliding on powerful wings, thousands of birds of prey pass over the highest point in the Marin Headlands each fall, a spectacular sight in an incredible setting. After you watch their aerial acrobatics, visit the lagoon, walk to the lighthouse, or stop at the marine mammal rehabilitation center. Every fall birds of prey such as Cooper's hawks, ospreys, and golden eagles leave Canada and Alaska for milder climates to the south. They ride prevailing winds and soar on thermal currents along the Pacific coastline, always staying within sight of land. When they reach the Marin Headlands, each fall more than 20,000 may pass within sight of the highest point in the headlands before continuing their journey across the bay. This gathering point, called Hawk Hill, is located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban national parks in the world. Spanning San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties, the entire recreation area encompasses 75,000 acres and 28 miles of coastline. The area includes numerous sites, including Alcatraz, Fort Funston, Fort Mason, and Muir Woods National Monument. This sweeping landscape protects 1,250 historic structures, more than two dozen threatened and endangered species, and several imperiled habitats that are dwindling in the crowded Bay Area.
Sausalito, CA - Nature Trips