This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Andrea Woolfolk, long-time Stewardship Coordinator at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve in California. They spoke of restorations large and small, primal knowledge, and what it takes to be a steward. (Spoiler alert: bug spray.)
If there’s one thing we can learn from oysters, it’s that we’re stronger together. One oyster can’t thrive alone and—just like oysters reefs—we do more, with greater impact, when we work together.
When the pandemic hit, oyster scientists up and down the West Coast found themselves stuck at home, rather than out in the mud (where they like it). The result? A new paper in the journal PLOS ONE.
Last December, California’s Elkhorn Slough Reserve experienced a baby boom. Some 10,000 juvenile Olympia oysters were deployed in the tidal waters of the Reserve.
Talk NERRdy to Me is a monthly column about leaders and luminaries from across our 29—soon to be 30—Reserves. This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Dr. Kerstin Wasson, research coordinator at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. They talked about marsh making, work marriages, ungrateful and grateful children, Indigenous knowledge, and the non-monetary valuations of mud.
A new program from the Elkhorn Slough foundation is feeding local children and families impacted by COVID-19 stay-at-home order, while supporting organic farmers who grow their crops on Foundation-protected lands.