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Slough Crew in Action

In Events, Featured, outreach, Slough Crew by Administrator

Three years ago the Elkhorn Slough Foundation joined forces with North Monterey County High School to assist in bringing environmental education to the students. The Slough Crew program, an extra curricular club sponsored by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, works with the school’s science department and features field trips to the Reserve, kayaking tours, Earth Week events, and a range of …

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Press Release: Elkhorn Slough Researchers Link Salt Marsh Dieback to Algal Blooms Generated by Increased Nutrients

In Press, Research, Salt Marsh by Administrator

The study reveals that piles of green algae form mats along bank edges that leads to dieback of the salt marsh below. When the marsh plants die, the roots no longer help to hold the bank together causing large pieces of the bank to fall into the channel in response to strong tidal currents or wind-driven waves in the slough.

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Poison Oak

In Maritime Chaparral, Plants and Fungi, Slough Life, Woodlands by Administrator

Upland woodland and riparian habitats. Some animals eat poison oak’s leaves and berries. Poison oak is a vine or shrub that is native to California. In spring the foliage is bright green, in late summer it begins to turn red & slightly brownish-orange. Extremely variable, it grows as a dense shrub in open sunlight, or as a climbing vine in …

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Plainfin Midshipman

In Fish, Harbor and Bay, Slough Life, Tidal Channels by Administrator

Salt waterways Male plainfin midshipman produce a loud, droning hum during mating season that can be heard by humans nearby. The plainfin midshipman is a very interesting fish found here at the Elkhorn Slough. Also referred to as our local “toad fish,” they visit the slough for breeding and juvenile growth. Adults usually live in depths of around 400m most …

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Shorebird Waterfowl and Waders Monitoring Research

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

Description of monitoring Twice each spring and fall during peak migration, volunteers identify and count shorebirds, waterfowl, and waders at low tide during timed watches at four defined areas of Reserve wetlands and adjacent areas. Surveys are carried out by boat (from the main channel) and land.  (An additional site is also surveyed at high tide). The experience is challenging …

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Shorebird and Waterfowl Monitoring Research

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

Past shorebirds and waterfowl monitoring in and around Elkhorn Slough (1989-2000) Over the last several decades, various shorebird and waterfowl monitoring has been carried in and around Elkhorn Slough. From 1989-2000, for example, Sue Shaw faithfully recorded all shorebird and waterfowl seen during her regular visits to measure water quality at 24 stations. The stations were located along the entire …

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Raptor Monitoring Research

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

Elkhorn Slough Reserve hosts a variety of breeding raptors. In a typical year, there may be 2 pairs of white-tailed kites, 1 pair of red-tailed hawks, 1 pair of red-shouldered hawks, and 4 pairs of barn owls. These top carnivores are often good indicators of ecosystem health: if they fail to reproduce successfully, this may be the result of pesticide accumulation …