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Citizen Scientists Publish Sea Otter Discovery

In Biological Monitoring, Featured, Research, Salt Marsh, Sea Otter, volunteering by Administrator

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

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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.