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SOUTHERN SIERRA RESEARCH STATION

Conserving Biological Diversity through Research

aka Southern Sierra Research Station   |   Weldon, CA   |  www.southernsierraresearch.org

Mission

The Southern Sierra Research Station is a small, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in basic and applied wildlife research and monitoring for special status/threatened and endangered species. Our work is in all aspects of environmental documentation, including endangered/threatened/special status species surveys and recovery, demographic monitoring, and analyzing and interpreting ecological data. We help our clients achieve their goals that are set within their habitat conservation and resource management plans by providing a variety of ecological studies (e.g. habitat use, home range size, migration patterns, and vegetation monitoring), and GIS services (e.g. map creation, biogeographic habitat mapping and evaluation, geographic data and attribute management).

Notes from the nonprofit

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.

Ruling year info

2000

Principal Officer

Mary J. Whitfield

Main address

PO Box 1316

Weldon, CA 93283 USA

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Formerly known as

Kern River Research Center

EIN

77-0536154

NTEE code info

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Management & Technical Assistance (D02)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the Southern Sierra Resesarch Station, we conduct, promote, facilitate, and disseminate biological research. We want our research to inform conservation decisions and environmental policy, and contribute towards understanding, sustaining and conserving natural resources and environmentally challenged species. Our approach is both regional and international, reflecting the life cycles of the species we study, and is enriched by collaborative partnerships across the Americas.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Breeding Biology and Population Dynamics of Southwestern Willow Flycatchers

The Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (E. t. extimus) was listed as endangered by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1995. We have monitored a population of Southwestern Willow Flycatchers on the South Fork Kern River since 1989. We have been particularly interested in understanding the consequences of Brown-headed Cowbird parasitism for flycatcher reproductive success and population dynamics. Despite control efforts that have effectively reduced parasitism rates and increased reproductive success, the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher population in the Kern River Valley has yet to increase in size. We are currently investigating the roles that habitat quality, food abundance, and geographic isolation play in limiting population growth. This project requires 1 full time staff member and 3 seasonal biologists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Western cuckoo populations have declined dramatically over the last 100 years due to a dramatic loss of its riparian woodland habitat. Cuckoo populations have dwindled so much in California that the bird is now a state endangered species and has been recommended for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. Our research on the Lower Colorado River (LCR) is part of a long-term research project aimed to identify the habitat requirements of the species so that habitat restoration efforts are successful in bringing the species back from the brink of extinction. This study area for this research spans over 400 miles of the Colorado River and monitors the largest remaining population of Western yellow-billed cuckoos. The enormity of this project requires four full time staff and 20 seasonal field biologists dedicated toward working on this project alone.

Population(s) Served
Adults

With the dramatic decline in Western Yellow-billed cuckoo populations SSRS has taken the lead to identify and research the largest remaining cuckoo populations in an effort to identify the species habitat requirements and reverse their population trajectory. The Kern Valley, home to SSRS, hosts one of the largest remaining cuckoo populations in California. Their habitat is largely confined to the Kern Valley Audubon Preserve and adjacent US Forest Service Wildlife Management Area. Like our larger research project on the Lower Colorado River the study's goals are to estimate the size of the local cuckoo population, determine breeding success of the species and most importantly identify the habitat features required for the cuckoo to succeed. This project requires one full-time biologist and 3 seasonal field technicians to conduct this research.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are at the forefront in developing and building Motus infrastructure throughout California and the southwest. We have contracts with state agencies, non-profits and others to build Motus stations in order to detect migrating species and species movements such as birds, bats, lizards, etc. We are also helping to develop Node networks, tag birds, and train others in tagging birds to help utilize this growing technology.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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Number of contracts/purchase agreements that the organization holds for purchase of its products/services

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Contracts are of varying values, and some projects are much more involved than others. However, as a vital organization, we want to be working on a diversity of projects with many different partners

Goals & Strategy

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The Core Of Our Work

The Southern Sierra Research Station will design, conduct, support and disseminate biological research on a diversity of organisms. We aim to understand fundamental ecological, evolutionary, environmental and behavioral processes as well as factors/pressures that influence the conservation of species and communities.

Where We Work

Our research will encompass regional concerns and will expand internationally, as necessary, in order to more completely understand the life cycles of the species we study. When feasible, we will consider both the breeding and wintering grounds, as well as the migratory pathways of migratory species.

For Who?

Our research will support the information needs of a variety of U.S., State and local government organizations as well as non-government organizations. We will expand to commercial businesses where common research interests exist. We will plan and prioritize the pursuit of such research in concert with our evolving mission and visions as they seek to keep pace with emerging global challenges. Our research services and business dealings will be conducted with uncompromising integrity and ethical standards.

For Who?

Our research will support the information needs of a variety of U.S., State and local government organizations as well as non-government organizations. We will expand to commercial businesses where common research interests exist. We will plan and prioritize the pursuit of such research in concert with our evolving mission and visions as they seek to keep pace with emerging global challenges. Our research services and business dealings will be conducted with uncompromising integrity and ethical standards.

In Partnership

We will develop regional, national and international collaborative partnerships with other research organizations, non-governmental organizations, special interest groups, academic institutions, and government agencies to promote a dynamic community of scientists and expand the applications of our collaborative research.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SOUTHERN SIERRA RESEARCH STATION

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ernie Flores

Norththrop Grumman

Term: 2017 - 2025

Ernest Flores

Northrop Grumman

Wendy Walwyn

Grant Writer

Jason Weiner

Wishtoyo Foundation

David Younkman

Retired

Tim Ludwick

USFWS New Mexico

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/1/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Person without a disability

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