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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 Suzanne Wilcox. If you'd like to receive notices of our events, please email Suzanne Wilcox.
Our next Living Gently on the Land Potluck and Presentation Educational Series begins September 12, 2015, and will be posted on our Facebook page:

Please join us for the following scheduled events:

September 12, 2015: The Expeditions and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, Father of Glacier National Park, by Hugh Grinnell

October 10, 2015:Grass Fed Beef Operation, by Dennis Moroney, BS Animal Science & Agriculture Owner, 47 Ranch

November 14, 2015: MBald Eagle & Golden Eagle Status, by Kenneth "Tuk" Jacobson Raptor Management Coordinator, Arizona Game & Fish

January 9, 2016:  Research for USFWS at Midway Atoll (Laysan Albatrosses), by Greg Joder in the field of Wildlife Conservation

February 13, 2016:  "Snails in the desert? Yep, Arizona is home to hundreds of gastropods." by Jeff Sorensen, Native Fish & Invertebrates Program Manager, Arizona Game & Fish Department

March 12, 2016:  Wells, by Gary Hix, Professional Geologist Specializing in Hydrology Water Well Consultant, In2Wells, LLC

April 9, 2016:  Avian Impacts of Shrub Encroachment, by Erik Andersen University of Arizona

May 14, 2016:Living with Rattlesnakes, by Melissa Amarell

For those of you who have not been to the Research Ranch before please email Suzanne Wilcox

Christmas Bird Count

The next Appleton-Whittell Christmas Bird Count (AWCBC) is tentatively set for Tuesday, January 3, 2017, so please mark your calendars! The most recent AWCBC was held on Saturday, January 2, 2016, in which 105 species and 2,726 individual birds were recorded. The results from the last count are summarized below. In order to join the next AWCBC, send e-mail to with the subject AWCBC.

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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