Are there more shorebirds at Elkhorn Slough now than a few years ago? Is pollution getting better or worse? These are the sorts of questions answered by the latest “State of the Estuary” report.
Scientists at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve keep their finger on the pulse of the estuary by monitoring a variety of indicators of ecosystem health, from water quality to acreage of key habitats to numbers of particular animals of interest. Reserve volunteers serve as “citizen scientists”, collecting much of the data. Every two years, the results are summarized in a State of the Estuary report, focusing on trends over time: determining whether conditions are stable, improving, or degrading. Download the 2015 State of the Estuary Report.