California Department of Fish and Wildlife
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.
Latest News from the Elkhorn Slough 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.
An unprecedented number of young people want to work in the environmental sciences. Reserves around the System, in collaboration with the Hollings Scholarship Program, are helping them get the experience they need.
Congratulations to the Great Bay Stewards and our New Hampshire Reserve for the new Inclusion Garden at the Discovery Center, the result of a collaboration to transform the grounds into a more accessible and inclusive community space.