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 21nd, 2018 at Circle Park in Kernville and at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA. Events include: a wildflower walk, a Keysville Historic mining walk, guided bird identification walks, a bird banding demonstration, and a night-time owling trip. $1 raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Kern River Heritage Foundation Hot Springs Valley Wetlands located in Lake Isabella.

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 to enhance and restore 63 acres of field and forest habitat. In 2018 we will continue to plant new trees and need volunteers from January to March to help out. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jenna Stanek at 760-378-3345.


We are currently exploring the possibility to offer an Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) Beginning Bird Banding Course in the Fall of 2018. If offered the course will be taught by Danielle Kaschube of IBP. If you are interested in attending this workshop please contact Patti Wohner at 760-378-3345.

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 2018 workshops should begin around February or March 2018.

Sign up early, our workshops fill up fast.