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OtterCam New Pup Highlights  

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The Elkhorn Slough welcomed a new sea otter pup in the last week of December. Thanks to our OtterCam thousands are watched the little one with its mom.  This isn’t the first pup for this mom (otter 3-460) or her first time on the OtterCam either.  We spotted her with a pup around the same time of year in 2014 …

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Porter Ranch Will Host Artists Again

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Mark your calendar for the 2018 Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour on October 6 & 7! The Elkhorn Slough Foundation is again partnering with the Arts Habitat to host a location for the Tour at the Porter Ranch House on the banks of the Elkhorn Slough in North Monterey County. Last year we welcomed two talented artists who shared their …

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Spiffing Up the Reserve

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You might have noticed that the Elkhorn Slough Reserve is getting a new entrance! The new entrance will help identify this special place with lovely stonework, a new gate with artwork, and new fencing. We are also working on a new interpretive trail that will include a small pond and a loop to the overlook. Lastly, our Visitor Center just …

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Calendars NOW ON SALE!

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The beautiful, full color 2018 Elkhorn Slough Calendar is now on sale! If you’ve received our previous calendars, you know that they are exceptionally high-quality and feature stunning photography. You can purchase calendars at the ESF Bookstore at the Reserve — or purchase yours online NOW! New members until January 15 and Gift Memberships will also receive a calendar. Elkhorn Slough Foundation …

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Update on Sand Hill Farm

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Last winter’s heavy rains took a toll on Sand Hill Farm. After drying out over the summer, our team toured the property in August to decide how to best tackle this winter.  The treatments they decided to implement included stabilizing berms, excavating sediment basins, recontouring gullies, extending outlet pipes and one inlet pipe, installing rock energy dissipaters at pipe outlets, and installing fiber blankets in areas especially …

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Now Hiring!!

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Looking for a change of scenery?  The Elkhorn Slough Foundation and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve are now hiring for 4 positions here at the Elkhorn Slough: Coastal Training Program Coodinator Elkhorn Slough Foundation Stewardship Director California Department of Fish and Wildlife also has 2 openings for Seasonal/Scientific Aids for the Reserve.   Please follow the links above …

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Citizen scientists at Elkhorn Slough aid in sea otter research

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Our volunteer citizen scientists Ron Eby and Robert Scoles were featured in the local newspapers recently for their contributions to otter research here at the Elkhorn Slough. Sleepy sea otters piling onto pads of pickleweed in Elkhorn Slough are causing quite a stir. A partnership between local researchers and dedicated citizen scientists is researching Elkhorn Slough’s rebounding sea otter populations …

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Citizen Scientists Publish Sea Otter Discovery

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Citizen scientists at Elkhorn Slough Reserve have discovered that sea otters spend a surprising amount of time napping on salt marshes. Most research on southern sea otters comes from the rugged open coast of California, because they recovered from a tiny population off Big Sur.  Elkhorn Slough is the first estuary to be thoroughly colonized by sea otters, and volunteer researchers found they behave quite …

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Growing a New Generation of Elkhorn Slough Oysters

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SCIENCE IN ACTION By Kerstin Wasson For the past decade, the Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Foundation have been committed to restoration of the native Olympia oyster (Fig. 1) in Elkhorn Slough. We want to ensure that this iconic bivalve that was harvested by Native Americans at the Slough for seven thousand years continues to thrive in this estuary as a …

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Slough Crew-Youth Nature Guides Honored

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North Monterey County High School seniors Lindsey Hashimoto and Yoel Sanchez received awards of recognition from the North Monterey County Unified School District Board for their leadership in the Moro Cojo Nature Program. The awards were presented after the students gave a presentation on the special summer program — a cooperative effort of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF), North Monterey …