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Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California

State

California

State Partner

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Acres

1,700

Est. Date

1979

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in California protects a diverse range of species, including sea lions, California sea otters, and harbor seals. The reserve is also known for its incredible birding opportunities. The area has experienced significant loss of salt marsh in the last 100 years and reserve staff are responsible for trying to understand the reasons behind this loss and developing methods for restoring this critical habitat.

Explore the impact of 40 years of conservation, education, science, and outreach at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, including their incredible volunteer program.

Did You Know…

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve contains the most extensive salt marsh in California south of San Francisco Bay.

Latest News from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Coastal Resilience Yankee Style

Coastal Resilience Yankee Style

Across New England, communities are struggling with the impacts of climate change, and the Coastal Training Programs (CTP) at the Great Bay, Wells, and Narragansett Bay Reserves are there to help.

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Pulling Together for Native Oysters

Pulling Together for Native Oysters

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.

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New Study Supports Native Oyster Comeback

New Study Supports Native Oyster Comeback

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.

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Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California