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 usually scheduled the 2nd Saturday each month September through May (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.
Thank you to our 37 participants who volunteered to make our CBC a success once again this year. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather this year but unfortunately the overall numbers were down. Our tentative numbers are 3164 for total bird count and 93 for our total species count. The highlights include 36 Ring-necked ducks, 9 Wilson's Snipes, 31 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, 16 Rock Wrens, 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 31 Curve-billed Thrashers, 7 Northern Cardinals, and 44 Pyrrhuloxia. Many reported seeing fewer birds in areas but slightly more diversity.