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. This year, our topical panel will be organized by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation, with presentations covering climate, water, land management, restoration, and other themes. The symposium will be Saturday June 22 at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.
A BIG Thanks our 36 participants who braved the weather for this seasons AZAW CBC. Our tentative numbers were up from last season, total bird count 3275 and the total species count 106. The highlights include 215 American Wigeons, 1 Sora, 9 Killdeer, 19 Cactus Wren, 162 American Robins, 10 Cedar Waxwings, 12 Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 22 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. The quail and sparrow numbers are down but we were able to include a Ferruginous Hawk, Gray Hawk and a Common Poorwill from count week.