Education & Outreach Programs

Science on the Sonoita Plain

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 Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership (SVPP) is a voluntary ad hoc association of agencies, user groups, conservation organizations, and individuals working together to achieve community-oriented solutions to local and national issues affecting public lands within the Sonoita Valley. The SVPP was created in 1995 in response to BLM's initiation of a collaborative planning process for Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. The SVPP provides a forum for participants to share information and work together to perpetuate naturally functioning ecosystems while perpetuate naturally functioning ecosystems while preserving the rural, grassland character of the Sonoita Valley for future generations. The SVPP is now administered and supported by the Cienega Watershed Partnership, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 to facilitate cooperative actions that steward the natural and cultural resources of the Sonoita Valley while enabling sustainable human use. 
The Science on the Sonoita Plain symposium was established to bring  together and share the results of scientific investigations that are occurring within and informing us about the unique and diverse resources of the Sonoita Plain in the upper watersheds of Cienega Creek, Sonoita Creek, and the Babocomari River.

Please note that space is limited for the Symposium, so we encourage you to register early to reserve a space. You can register through eventbrite.com ( click on the eventbrigt link, in next window click on "Registration", then click on "Checkout".  The following window will open to a fillable form to enter your name and email.) and they will provide you with a ticket number. There is no cost for attendance, and you will not need a physical ticket for the event.  You will only be able to register one person at a time.  If you have any issues with trying to register on your own please contact me at swilcox@audubon.org and I will be happy to do your registration for you.

WHEN

Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (MST)

TOPIC

This year, our primary thematic focus will be on science applications, and will include a panel discussion of ranchers, land managers, and scientists.  We are also anticipating a wide range of presentations on current research and project activity.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS OR POSTERS

 This announcement also serves as a call for presentations or posters involving relevant research or project updates.  If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please submit a title and abstract (fewer than 350 words) and bio (150 words) to:  Larry Fisher, Cienega Watershed Partnership/University of Arizona: lafisher@email.arizona.edu.

 Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017.  Please indicate clearly in your submission whether you would prefer to do a full presentation or a poster (or if you are open to either option).

WHERE

Appleton Whittell Research Ranch - 366 Research Ranch Road, Elgin, AZ 85611


Cienega Watershed Partnership

The event is sponsored by the Cienega Watershed Partnership (CWP), a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007 to facilitate cooperative actions that steward the natural and cultural resources of the Sonoita Valley while enabling sustainable human use.

​You can find all Science on the Sonoita Plain - Proceedings in our library.

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