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

Sign of Summer: Teachers on the Estuary!

Sign of Summer: Teachers on the Estuary!

A sure sign of summer has arrived: California’s Elkhorn Slough Reserve is converting the estuary into a classroom for teacher training! They held their first Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop of the season in May.

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Time to Invest in Marshes Is Now

Time to Invest in Marshes Is Now

A NERRS-led study has found that 22 percent of tidal marshes in the continental United States should be high priorities for conservation, while 17.5 percent are not likely to survive as sea levels rise.

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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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Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California