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 Mountains. 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

Research Positions

Every year we hire seasonal field biologists, crew leaders and bird banders to join us in our research in the beautiful Kern River Valley and in remote Mojave desert riparian areas. For the 2014 summer field season we have filled all of our Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Willow Flycatcher field techinician positions. We currently have volunteer opportunities available to assist us on our Flammulated Owl research in the Southern Sierras surrounding the Kern River Valley.


We offer annual training workshops on the current survey methods and natural history for the federally endangered Southwest Willow Flycatcher and the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a candidate species for federal protection. Our 2014 workshops have been scheduled and are filling up fast.

Wildlife Mortalities

Any open top vertical pipe, such as open fence post or sewer vent, can be a death trap to birds and other wildlife. This epidemic is a nearly invisible and unlike birds collisions with buildings, windows or other structures, birds trapped in pipes end up dying a slow death, completely unnoticed by people. Please learn more, get involved and pass this information on to others to help raise awareness about this troubling issue.