Part of the mission of the Research Ranch is to inform interested individuals and groups about the ecology of the ranch and surrounding areas, and to share methods for safeguarding this sensitive and disappearing bioregion. This is done both at the Ranch and at other sites. Workshops, seminars, a monthly (almost) presentation series, field trips, and this website are all designed to help humans coexist with the rest of nature. Experts in geology, plant identification, zoology, hydrology, astronomy, landscape design, FireWise principles, and other topics share their expertise in various programs at the Research Ranch. The Research Ranch staff members also present programs to civic groups, clubs, and in classrooms, and participate in regional forums.
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). Come join us, bring a friend and a dish to share.
The Science on the Sonoita Plain Symposium is held annually to share results of scientific investigations and land management activities that are occurring within the upper watersheds of Cienega Creek, Sonoita Creek, and the Babocomari River. The SOSP symposium encourages exchange among scientists, land managers, local landowners and citizens about the unique and diverse resources of the Sonoita Plain. Sponsored by: Cienega Watershed Partnership and National Audubon Society with Support from Partnering Organization: The Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management
The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch CBC held on Wednesday January 3, 2018 was a great success. We had 29 participants that observed a total of 3176 individuals and 104 species. The highlights from the count were two golden eagles, a high number of Gadwalls at 16, a new high number of Blue-winged teals at 29 and a second all time high number for Northern pintails at 22. Count week birds spotted included a Swainson's hawk and an Elegant trogon. We also had one rare bird sighting of a Pacific wren. Next seasons count will be held on Thursday January 3, 2019. If you are interested in participating email Suzanne Wilcox through the link listed below.