Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

The Southern Sierra Research Station is a non-profit organization located in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada. Through basic and applied research, we aim to understand the biological processes that control population sizes and species diversity. In collaboration with government, academic, and conservation organizations, we strive to increase our scientific knowledge of the species we research, so that we may better inform environmental policy and encourage public appreciation within the region.

News and Events

The Bioregions Festival is back!

The Kern Valley Bioregions Festival celebrates the local unique biological diversity found in the valley. Please join us on Earth day, Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at Circle Park in Kernville and at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA. Events include: a wildflower walk, a Keysville Historic mining walk, a walk around the Hot Springs Valley Wetland in Weldon, bird walks, and a bird banding demonstration. $1 raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Kern River Heritage Foundation Hot Springs Valley property; prizes include Eagle Optics binoculars, and a Hydroflask water bottle. See the Bioregions Festival pdf for more information.


The Southern Sierra Research Station is excited to offer Institute for Bird Populations Advanced Bird Banding Course. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early! The Advanced Bird Banding Course is limited to 9 participants and will be taught by Danielle Kaschube of IBP (Institute for Bird Populations).

We also offer annual training workshops on the current survey methods and natural history for the federally endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Registration for our 2017 workshops should begin around February or March 2017.

Sign up early, our workshops fill up fast.

Riparian Habitat Restoration

SSRS has begun our new five year riparian restoration project and we could use your help. We have teamed up with the Kern River Audubon Preserve and California department of Fish and Wildlife and are planting 63 acres of field and old forest. During November, we are clearing brush to make way for new trees. In early 2017 we will start to plant new trees and need volunteers from January to March to help out. If you are interested in helping out please check out our volunteer workday schedule and contact Patti Wohner at 760-378-3345.