The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society

Montezuma Quail. Photo: Isaac Sanchez/Audubon Photography Awards.

The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society is an 8,000-acre sanctuary and living laboratory in southeastern Arizona, nestled in the grasslands that fill the spaces between the region's famous Sky Islands. Here, we work to formulate, test, and demonstrate methods to rehabilitate and safeguard the bioregion and provide assistance to community members and policy-makers in the protection and stewardship of our native ecosystems, natural resources, and quality of life.

Visiting the Research Ranch:

With thousands of acres of Arizona's most valuable and rapidly-declining habitats, flocks of researchers, and ongoing studies in our care, we do not have the capacity to allow drop-in visitation. For the safety of visitors, the preservation of habitat, and the safeguarding of research, access is by permit only, requires advance notice, is limited to our open hours, is limited to low-impact activities (birding, photography, etc.), and is not guaranteed. Audubon staff is always on site. More information is available here.

Visiting the Research Ranch

Visiting the Research Ranch

Access to the Research Ranch is by permit only, requires advance notice, and is limited to low-impact activities (birding, photography, etc.). Learn more...

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Conducting Research

Conducting Research

Come use our living laboratory!

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Non-disruptive ecological research forms the backbone of the science program at the Research Ranch.

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Visit our library to access scientific publications, reports and general information about the American Southwest and the Research Ranch in particular.

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Priority Birds on the Research Ranch

Montezuma Quail

Latin:  Cyrtonyx montezumae

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Scaled Quail

Latin:  Callipepla squamata

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Botteri's Sparrow

Latin:  Peucaea botterii

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Cassin's Sparrow

Latin:  Peucaea cassinii

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Grasshopper Sparrow

Latin:  Ammodramus savannarum

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Latin:  Coccyzus americanus

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Chestnut-collared Longspur

Latin:  Calcarius ornatus

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