Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California

State

California

State Partner

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Acres

1,739

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.

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

The Next 30 Years of Sea Level Rise

The Next 30 Years of Sea Level Rise

Looking for a last minute stocking-stuffer? The 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report is packed with useful information that any coastal community could use. Twenty-three co-authors helped create this authoritative report.

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Tracking Estuary Change

Tracking Estuary Change

How big is your local estuary? Bigger than you think, according to a research team led by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. And with strategic investment in conservation and restoration, it could be bigger still.

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New Hampshire Plans Ahead

New Hampshire Plans Ahead

New Hampshire’s salt marshes are beautiful, economically important, and—amid the dueling pressures of sea level rise and development—in danger of disappearing. Fortunately, the state is prepared to protect its iconic marshes and the many benefits they provide.

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Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California