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Harbor Seal

In Harbor and Bay, Mammals, Mudflats, Open Beaches, Slough Life, Tidal Channels by Administrator

Main channel, sandy beaches, mudflats Harbor seals are “true seals” and must move on land by flopping along on their bellies. Harbor seals are found north of the equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the northeast Pacific, they range from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. They favor near-shore coastal waters and are often seen at sandy beaches, …

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Snowy Plover

In Birds, Coastal Dunes, Mudflats, Open Beaches, Slough Life by Administrator

High intertidal flats, salt ponds Snowy Plovers lay their eggs directly on bare sand, just above the intertidal zone. The Snowy Plover is a fluffy, pale, sparrow-sized shorebird. Besides Elkhorn Slough, it is native to the Pacific coast from Washington state to Mexico. It can be identified from other similar shorebirds by the dark patches on the sides of its …

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Caspian Tern

In Birds, Mudflats, Slough Life, Tidal Channels by Administrator

© Julie Chen Tidal wetlands, islands with low vegetation in salt marsh Caspian terns are the world’s largest tern species. The Caspian Tern is a large gull-like tern with a black cap and a large, thick coral red bill with black tip. The world’s largest tern species and is found on all continents except for Antarctica. Population is increasing in …