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Science on the Sonoita Plain 10th Annual Symposium @ Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Science on the Sonoita Plain 10th Annual Symposium @ Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch | Elgin | Arizona | United States

Register now for the Science on the Sonoita Plain 10th Annual Symposium, held at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of Audubon in Elgin, Arizona.

The Science on the Sonoita Plain Symposium has been held annually for the last nine years to share results of scientific investigations and land management activities occurring within the upper watersheds of Cienega Creek, Sonoita Creek, and the Babocomari River. The 2018 annual meeting is the 10th year of promoting exchange among scientists, land managers, local landowners, interested citizens, and students about the unique and diverse resources of the Sonoita Plain. 
The Symposium is co-sponsored by the Cienega Watershed Partnership, the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, the University of Arizona, Sonoran Institute, and the Bureau of Land Management.
This special year, our morning sessions will focus on a ten-year retrospective review of pertinent topics such as water, climate, birds, ecosystems, institutions, and cultural heritages. In the afternoon, as usual, we’ll offer a range of presentations on current research and project activity. At the end of the day, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’ll offer cake and ice cream and some related fun.
While the Symposium is free, please note that space is limited, so we encourage you to register early to reserve your place.


Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time


Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch
366 Research Ranch Road
Elgin, Arizona 85611


Register now.

Call for Presentations or Posters

We are currently seeking presentations or posters involving relevant research or project updates for the Science on the Sonoita Plain Annual Symposium. If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please submit a title and abstract (fewer than 350 words) and bio (150 words) to:

Amanda Smith
Sonoran Institute

Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018. Please indicate clearly in your submission whether you would prefer to do a full presentation or a poster (or if you are open to either option).

For additional information, visit the Science on the Sonoita Plain Annual Symposium page or contact us at

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