Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

Resources for Researchers

The Southern Sierra Research Station is eager to build collaborative projects with government, academic, and conservation organizations. In addition, we hope to facilitate research by individuals interested in the region's biology and are able to offer them a number of resources. However, because we are a non-profit, we strive to keep costs down by not paying overhead on our contracts with other organizations.


The Southern Sierra Research Station is headquartered in the South Fork Kern River Valley near Weldon, California (map). The station sits adjacent to the 2749 acre Kern River Audubon Preserve and is within an hour drive of numerous protected lands (Sequoia National Forest, Canebrake Ecological Reserve, South Fork Wildlife Area). Together, these areas harbor an incredible diversity of habitats, including ~ 20% of California's remaining native riparian habitat, Mojave desert, Great Basin Grasslands, and Sierra Nevada forests.


The Station can currently house up to 5 permanent reseachers, and we expect to expand capacity in the near future. Converted from a ranch house, the facility offers shared bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area, office space, and storage space. Station donations for outside researchers are $30 per night, $20 per night for students (Please use the donate button below).

Library and Internet Access

The Station has a library which includes numerous books and scientific journals (e.g. American Naturalist, Evolution, Ecology, Auk, Wilson Bulletin, Birds of North America Accounts, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Mammology). We have satellite internet access.

Logistical Support

The South Fork Kern Valley has a close network of people interested in the area's biological diversity. We are happy to facilitate interactions with administrators of protected areas, land owners, and private citizens who may be able to offer logistical support or specific knowledge about local species.