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.
ATTENTION - We have moved our Christmas Bird Count from Sunday January 3 to Saturday January 2nd to better accommodate our participants. Our CBC this season will be a little different due to COVID restrictions. We will not be including any new participants to established groups and will not be having any participants meet at AWRR headquarters prior to heading out. All participants will head out from their homes and email or mail in results to obtain zero contact. Currently all sections are covered. However if you are new and are interested in participating in our count please don't hesitate to contact me. We may have a section open up and if you live within our circle you can always participate by doing a feeder watch.