Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

SSRS Workshops

Professional Workshop Training

SSRS provides training workshops covering the natural history and current survey protocols for rare and protected species. We have researched Southwestern Willow Flycatchers and Western Yellow-billed Cuckoos for decades and our current staff/workshop presenters are extremely knowledgable about these particular species and their research methods.

Willow Flycatcher Workshop

May 21 & 22, 2016 in the Kern River Valley, CA


The Southern Sierra Research Station offers a workshop each spring for individuals who study Willow Flycatchers on the summer breeding grounds. The goal of the training session is to provide researchers with the necessary tools for identifying Willow Flycatchers and accurately estimating their numbers using standard survey protocols. The workshop meets USFWS requirements for survey training. Learn More


Yellow-billed Cuckoo Workshop

June 17 & 18, 2016 in Blythe, CA Full, waitlist started

July 12 & 13, 2016 in the Kern River Valley, CA Full, waitlist started


The SSRS Yellow-billed Cuckoo workshops are offered to individuals who study cuckoos on their summer breeding grounds. The workshops will cover cuckoo ecology, identification, survey protocols and in the field training. Day one of the workshop starts at 1pm and ends 5pm and the second day starts at 6am and ends at 10am. Our long term cuckoo research yields new information about this species annually, and our workshops incorporate the most recent research findings and survey methods for working with Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Learn More.


The Yellow-billed cuckoo workshops have filled. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please register for the course, but do not pay, and we will add your name to the workshop waitlist. If we receive enough interest, we may provide an additional cuckoo workshop in the Kern River Valley (July 12th and 14th).