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The mission of The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society is to formulate, test, and demonstrate methods to rehabilitate and safeguard the bioregion, and provide assistance to citizens and policy-makers in the protection and stewardship of our native ecosystems, natural resources and quality of life.

The Research Ranch is a cooperative partnership among the National Audubon Society, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the Nature Conservancy, Swift Current Land & Cattle Co., LLC, and the Research Ranch Foundation. The Research Ranch lies three miles south of Elgin, and 65 miles southeast of Tucson Arizona. For more than 30 years, the Research Ranch has protected grassland ecosystems through conservation, research, and education.

Upcoming Events

Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch Living Gently on the Land Potluck and Presentation Educational Series events are scheduled the 2nd Saturday each month September through May each year (with the exception of December). We begin at 5 pm, with the potluck dinner at 5:30 pm, and the presentation immediately following. Unless otherwise indicated, tea, coffee and place settings are supplied. RSVP to Pat Kugler. If you'd like to receive notices of our events, please email Pat Kugler.

Our next Living Gently on the Land Potluck and Presentation Educational Series begins September 13, 2014, and will be posted here and on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ResearchRanch

Please join us for the following scheduled events:

September 14, 2013: An Introduction to Caves and Speleology, by Thomas R. Strong, Senior Scientist, WestLand Resources, Inc.

October 19, 2013: Collared Peccaries-nuisance or adaptation success story?, by Tice Supplee, Arizona Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Arizona

November 9, 2013: Conservation in Cuba, by Linda Kennedy & Dan Robinett

January 11, 2014: Land and Water Protection Options for Landowners, by Sharma Hammond Torrens, Arizona Land and Water Trust

February 8, 2014: Climate Change, Michael Crimmins, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist-Climate Science, Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science, University of Arizona

March 8, 2014: Historic human impacts of the evolution of the vegetation of southeastern Arizona, by Dr. Conrad J. Bahre

April 12, 2014: The Importance of Butterflies as Pollinators in Light of the Colony Collapse of Bees, by Pamela Mowbray-Graeme

May 10, 2014: Geology in SE AZ for Birders, Gardeners, and People Who Drink Water, by Sandy Kunzer

Christmas Bird Count

The most recent AWCBC was held on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Preliminary totals: 106 Total Species, and 4582 Total Individuals. National numbers are being compiled and checked. When final numbers are available, we'll let you know.

Visiting the Research Ranch

To protect wildlife habitat and ongoing research projects at the Research Ranch, public access must be restricted. Some roads and trails are accessible with permission only. E-mail or call 520-455-5522 for information. Please do not walk or drive off existing roads or trails, and do not collect any plants, animals, rocks, or artifacts.

Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society
366 Research Ranch Rd.
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520 455 5522


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