September 09, 2021

The winners of the Second Annual Last House Writing Contest, chosen from more than a dozen essays submitted in youth and adult categories, were announced in early September.

“Once again, we had so many excellent entries our judges had a very difficult job. Writers took to heart our theme this year, which was in the spirit of M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf, to write about the power and magic of survival skills,” said Susie Allen, who manages the programming for Last House.

Nature, gardening, wild animals, and cooking during the pandemic were themes for many writers. Others explored the joy of sharing food and new cooking adventures with loved ones.

The panel of judges, coordinated by food and wine consultant Clark Wolf, included some of the most...

August 16, 2021

ACR is extremely delighted to welcome ten prescribed fire community members to the first class of Fire Forward Fellows. Over the past couple of years as volunteer fire-lighters, these Fellows have engaged in prescribed burns, land stewardship, community building and some have even taken on wildfire assignments. Now they look to build leadership skills under the guidance of our Fire Forward team and in partnership with their employer organizations.

Each Fellow has arrived with basic wildland firefighter training and some on-the-ground experience. During the one-year fellowship, these ten will each engage in more than 300 hours of professional development focused on planning and implementing ecologically-driven prescribed fire and supporting their qualifications as Squad Boss and...

August 16, 2021

Living with Lions principal investigator Dr. Quinton Martins recently collared four male mountain lions (P24, P25, P30 and P31) in western and northern Sonoma County near Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Cazadero and Geyserville after each was implicated in the killing of a sheep or goat.

The Living with Lions Project is mandated to conduct research on lions in the North Bay and its researchers can monitor lions but not interfere with the management of mountain lions. When a lion-related livestock loss occurs, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) permits our team to collar the animal when granted permission by the landowner. This is a significant step in the right direction for our need to better understand the diet and behavior of lions in our area. If the lion were...

August 10, 2021

ACR is excited to collaborate with Cal State East Bay professor Tony Marks-Block and UC Berkeley assistant professor, Coast Miwok, and Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria citizen Peter Nelson, on a prescribed fire research project that aims to learn more about the effects of prescribed fire on acorn pests, acorn phenology (the study of the timing of life cycle events), and acorn gathering efficiency.

“Indigenous peoples across California have used fire to reduce acorn pest infestations, thus Indigenous ecological knowledge is guiding the development of research objectives and methods,” explained Marks-Block.

The study will compare acorns collected in prescriptively burned oak woodlands on Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen and adjacent woodlands on Sonoma Land Trust’s Glen...

July 09, 2021

Annual migrations of shorebirds are among the longest treks in the world. Whimbrels are among the most far-reaching, with movements between subarctic and Arctic breeding grounds to non-breeding locations in the southern hemisphere spanning up to 5,400 miles.

Not a simple point A to point B calculation, these annual trips vary in timing, site selection and more. Understanding variation in these traits among populations can help uncover mechanisms driving migratory behaviors and identify potential population threats.

In a study published this month in the Journal of Field Ornithology, ACR Director of Conservation Science Nils Warnock and co-authors set out to discover the nuances in movements of Whimbrels breeding in Alaska, a population that numbers nearly 40,000...

June 22, 2021

In April, the ACR Board selected Brakeley Search as a partner to undertake the recruitment of ACR's next chief executive officer. Based in the Bay Area since 2008, Brakeley Search specializes in delivering high quality executive search services to non-profits.

We are delighted to announce that the search is now underway. Please review complete position description and appliction process.

The Opportunity:

Audubon Canyon Ranch engages and affects the community through its mission of “connecting nature, people, and science in a rapidly changing world,” its ecologically-significant properties and preserves, and its varied stewardship, research, and...

June 09, 2021

ACR's Last House Program Coordinator Susie Allen is excited to announce the Second Annual Last House Writing Contest,in celebration of the power and magic of survival skills. The contest honors the style and spirit of M.F.K. Fisher, who lived on ACR’s Bouverie Preserve for the last two decades of her life and whose war-time tale How to Cook a Wolf continues to inspire courage and creativity during contemporary times of crisis.

“It is all a question of weeding out what you yourself like best to do, so that you can live most agreeably in a world full of an increasing number of disagreeable surprises.”
—M.F.K. Fisher, How to Cook a Wolf

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Emerging writers of all ages are invited to submit an original,...

May 10, 2021

Hunter Halkovich, pictured above with dog Moxy, is this year’s David Bouverie Scholarship recipient. Hunter has been an active Juniper Junior Naturalist since fifth grade and participated in many newt counts, helped build owl and bat boxes, and mentored younger Junipers. During the pandemic, he presented his work on silk (Polyphemus) moths at a virtual insect extravaganza.

Hunter was selected by the scholarship committee because of his contributions to the Bouverie Preserve as a Junior Naturalist (...

May 10, 2021

Emerging from the past year of pandemic uncertainty, Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Living with Lions has more reasons to celebrate our community’s quest to understand Sonoma County’s mountain lion population and further ecosystem conservation throughout the region.

In the past two months since being able to resume lion captures, Dr. Quinton Martins, who has directed the research for the program, has collared or tagged five big cats throughout the county, recorded a new litter...

May 10, 2021

In April, the ACR Board selected Brakeley Search as a partner to undertake the recruitment of ACR's next executive director. Based in the Bay Area since 2008, Brakeley Search specializes in delivering high quality executive search services to non-profits. The firm was selected following a thorough competitive proposal process and vetting by a Search Committee of six senior staff and board members. In particular, the Search Committee was impressed with Brakeley's commitment to personalized service, understanding of ACR's needs at this organizational stage, proven ability to match organizational culture and leadership needs, and follow-up support.

The search itself will involve four phases:

  1. Discovery and planning during which Brakeley will work with the Search...