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Caspian Tern Monitoring Research

In Biological Monitoring, Bird Monitoring, Birds, Research by Administrator

Since the early 1990s, a colony of Caspian Terns – the world’s largest terns – has bred on an island in the Reserve’s restored South Marsh area. The colony has suffered various disasters over the years, from pesticide contamination during the 1995 floods to raccoon predation in 2000. The 2001-2003 breeding seasons had excellent reproductive success, but were followed by …

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Mary Warshaw

In Artist in Residence by Administrator

Mary Lee Warshaw was a beloved member of our community in Corralitos, Watsonville and Santa Cruz in many circles. She lived in Corralitos since 1965. She was a teacher in the public schools and an instructor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo College, worked to help create and sustain the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch …

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Press Release: Endangered Salamander Breeds in Elkhorn Slough

In Press, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander by Administrator

For immediate release PRESS RELEASE: Endangered Salamander Breeds in Elkhorn Slough July 19, 2011 For the second year in a row the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine research Reserve (ESNERR)’s Freshwater Ecologist Nina D’Amore, PhD, has found evidence of the federally endangered Santa Cruz long-­‐toed salamanders breeding in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. Amphibians like the Santa Cruz long-­‐toed salamander are sensitive to water …

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Press Release: Endangered Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander larvae discovered in Elkhorn Slough

In Press, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander by Administrator

PRESS RELEASE Elkhorn Slough Foundation Contact: (updated contact Kerstin Wasson) For immediate release June 3, 2010 Endangered Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander larvae discovered in Elkhorn Slough The first finding of larvae at the Reserve since 2006 bodes well for salamander’s future Watsonville, CA- Researchers made an exciting discovery of several Santa Cruz long-toed salamander larvae in a pond at the Elkhorn …

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Nest Box Monitoring Research

In Biological Monitoring, Bird Monitoring, Birds, Research by Administrator

A program monitoring about 150 nest boxes in the oak woodlands of ESNERR began in 1998. Each spring and summer the nestboxes are monitored weekly by a team of volunteers. By carefully checking the boxes and consistently recording what they see, the volunteers are able to obtain data on: – nest box occupancy (which boxes are occupied and by which …

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Michael Kenna

In Artist in Residence by Administrator

In 1987 a California Arts Council grant for an Art in Public Places project brought English-born, landscape photographer Michael Kenna to work with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. What resulted was a portfolio of 30 important photographs. In 1991 the portfolio was published as a small book, The Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing: Photographs by Michael Kenna. In 2008, ESF celebrated its …

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Science in Action: Threatened Amphibians of Elkhorn Slough

In California red-legged frog, Freshwater, Reptiles and Amphibians, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, Science in Action Article by Administrator

October 2004 by Kerstin Wasson, ESNERR Reseach Coordinator In the past years, we have documented a dramatic decline in California Red-legged Frog (CRLF) populations on the Reserve. On summer nights at the end of the last millennium, the eyeshine of hundreds of CRLF could be seen in the beam of a flashlight, and the waters teemed with their tadpole young. …