At the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society, 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. In other words, we enable researchers to conduct the studies needed for Audubon to fulfill its mission of protecting birds and the places they need. Prioritized research includes, but is not limited to:
- Studies focused on increasing our understanding of flora and fauna of conservation concern (especially birds!).
- Studies unravelling the role of soils, fire, water, plants, wildlife, domestic animals, and humans on native ecosystems.
- Studies that include a focus on bettering public understanding, appreciation, and management of Arizona's flora, fauna, communities, and habitats.
- Studies that investigate the impact of a warming climate and aridifying region on Arizona's flora, fauna, communities, and habitats.
While we aim to support as broad an array of research as possible, not all projects are appropriate for this field station. The ideal research, in our view, does significantly alter the habitat or damage the biological integrity of the Research Ranch, increases the ability of communities and leaders to safeguard and restore grassland ecosystems, and provides archived data that can benefit future researchers.
If you have a project that fits the above, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (All applicants will be asked to fill out and submit a research proposal prior to conducting any work on the Research Ranch. Save yourself some time by checking it out now!)
Will your research require that you stay for a while? Well, you're in luck - lodging is available for researchers at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch!
For more information about our ameneties, limitations, and fee structure, click here.
How you can help, right now
Support to Our Fellowship Programs
Your gift to our fellowship programs will ensure that student scientists will receive Fellowships to encourage and support their research.
Volunteer your Time
The Research Ranch is a truly unique place that stirs great feelings in those lucky enough to be involved. Please contact us for details about our organized volunteer program.
Living Gently on the Land
If you want to conserve native wildlife and habitat, “Living Gently on the Land” will help you understand and protect the plants, animals and landscapes of the Southwest.