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our Mission

WRI was established in 1996 as a public, non-profit organization in order to conduct research and provide data and education for the wise use and management of wildlife and wildlife habitat. In addition, WRI's mission is to promote timely conservation biology through cooperative programs with agencies, industry, and academia.  WRI is a land trust and manager of mitigation for sensitive habitats.

Successfully Saving the Ramona Grasslands

The Wildlife Research Institute, spearheading a cooperative effort with The Nature Conservancy and San Diego County, to purchase 7,000 acres of grasslands in Ramona, CA starting in the 1990s.
 
These critical and threatened grasslands support one of the most significant raptor populations remaining in San Diego County including one of few remaining Burrowing Owl populations left in San Diego County. The Ramona Grasslands are wintering feeding grounds for hundreds of migrant geese and raptors including snow geese and ferruginous hawks. The Grasslands are also part of a wildlife corridor connecting public lands in north San Diego County with public lands in the south county. Bald eagles have been nesting in the Ramona Grasslands since 2012-- a welcome sign of this success story. 

WRI staff BIOLOGISTS

Experienced and knowledgeable, our team is dedicated to long-term scientific research that achieves objectives critical to the preservation of top predator species and their habitats. 

 

Board of DIRECTORS

 We are grateful to our Board of Advisors who are conservation minded citizens that donate their time and expertise to our organization.

We are grateful to our Board of Advisors who are conservation minded citizens that donate their time and expertise to our organization.  

Carol Angus Business Owner/Wildlife Advocate

Fred Sproul Botanist

Jim Hannan PhD Wildlife Studies Professor  Emeritus

Jim Tostado Realtor/Wildlife Advocate

Shot Linton Charter Member of WRI/Naturalist

Tina West Finance

Tom Stark Engineer and Naturalist

Dave Bittner Founder/Wildlife Biologist

Leigh Bittner Founder/Education Specialist

 

We also have a dedicated team of volunteers that donate many hours to host our Hawk Watch program so we can offer free wildlife education to our citizens and schools.

 

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OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Interested in volunteering?  Let us know!

WRI has a dedicated team of volunteers that donate many hours to our research projects and education programs so we can offer FREE wildlife education to our citizens and schools.