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New Partnership and Field Station

TomKat Ranch

Carlene Henneman


A typical landscape at the 2,000-acre TomKat Ranch. Photo by Carlene Henneman / PRBO.
PRBO is collaborating with TomKat Ranch, a 2,000-acre property in coastal San Mateo County, to establish the TomKat Field Station. The landscape is a rich habitat mosaic rising from a stream valley to coastal scrub and forested slopes. Along with a working ranch operation, Tomkat supports abundant wildlife, from red-legged frogs and bobcat to diverse bird populations.

Through our new collaboration, PRBO will partner with TomKat Ranch for sustainable beef ranching, promoting land stewardship, and enhancing biodiversity. Biologists will work with ranch staff to develop a ranch conservation plan that establishes conservation goals, identifies opportunities for habitat enhancement and restoration, and provides management recommendations.

Over the coming year, our preliminary bird and amphibian surveys will expand into ranch-wide monitoring. To engage young people and the community (another main goal of this partnership), PRBO staff will establish an on-site education program highlighting bird ecology, research, and habitat conservation.

Thanks to this exciting opportunity, PRBO will be involved in helping implement adaptive approaches to sustainable cattle ranching, enhancing vital ecological functions, and involving the public at TomKat Field Station.