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Bobcat Ranch

A 6,800-acre working cattle ranch dedicated to the conservation of blue oak woodlands, grassland birds, and the demonstration of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Initiative.
About Us

Bobcat Ranch

A 6,800-acre working cattle ranch dedicated to the conservation of blue oak woodlands, grassland birds, and the demonstration of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Initiative.
Audubon California acquired the 6,800-acre Bobcat Ranch in 2007 as part of its ongoing effort to support and encourage the conservation and restoration of blue oak woodlands and rangelands in California.
 
Our objective for Bobcat Ranch is for it to become our flagship demonstration site for the Audubon Conservation Ranching Initiative, which is a market-based conservation approach that offers incentives for good grassland stewardship through a certification label on beef products.
 
In 2020, Bobcat Ranch was the first property in California to become Audubon Conservation Ranching (ACR) certified. More information on the program can be found here: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/ranching
 

Habitat Management

A key part of the ACR-certification process, Audubon developed a Habitat Management Plan (HMP) with the help of Point Blue Conservation Science as part of their Rangeland Monitoring Network. Our HMP outlines critical elements of operational management and conservation practices identified to achieve positive outcomes for ten priority focal bird species, soil health, and overall biological diversity. 
 
The ranch is home to a variety of bird species, including Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Golden Eagle, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, Burrowing Owl, Nuttall’s Woodpecker and Yellow-billed Magpie. Mammal species include Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Black-tailed Deer, American Badger, and Black Bear. Bobcat Ranch hosts a rich blend of habitats, including Blue Oak Woodland, native perennial grassland, annual grassland, seasonal wetland, and chaparral.
 
Bobcat Ranch is an important conservation anchor, adjoining the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, a 330,780-acre matrix of private and public lands, including the 27,000-acre Blue Ridge BLM lands, the Department of Fish and Game’s Putah Creek Wildlife Area, University of California’s Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, and Cahill Reserve.
 

Visiting

Access to Bobcat Ranch is by permission only. For more information, email: bobcatranch@audubon.org
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