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Research Symposium a Success

In ESNERR, Featured, Press, Research by Administrator

On January 24, 2017 Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve held a Research Symposium highlighting the amazing research happening at the slough. Local news KION came out to cover the story. Watch it now! It was a wonderful event and we appreciate everyone who came out to make it such a success! Click here for the Symposium presentations.

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2015 State of the Estuary Report

In Research by Administrator

Are there more shorebirds at Elkhorn Slough now than a few years ago?  Is pollution getting better or worse?  These are the sorts of questions answered by the latest “State of the Estuary” report. Scientists at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve keep their finger on the pulse of the estuary by monitoring a variety of indicators of ecosystem …

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Sea otters play an important role in the recovery of eelgrass beds here at Elkhorn Slough

In Mammals, Research, Science in Action Article by Administrator

Scientists studying the decline and recovery of seagrass beds at the Elkhorn Slough have found that recolonization of the estuary by sea otters was a crucial factor in the seagrass comeback. Led by Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, Brent Hughes at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study was published in the Proceedings …

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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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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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Rookery Monitoring Research

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

BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF PAST Elkhorn Slough Reserve ROOKERY MONITORING 1985-2001 Description of Monitoring Each year, the rookery comes alive with the cacophony of nesting herons, egrets, and cormorants and their rowdy offspring. Volunteers and ESNERR staff have been monitoring the rookery for over a decade. We track abundance of adults and active nests for the three breeding species, track their reproductive …

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Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

In Research, volunteering, Water Quality by Administrator

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF), and the Monterey County Water Resources Agency have been supporting a volunteer water monitoring program since 1988. Twenty-six stations (see map) are sampled monthly for temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, nitrate, ammonium, and dissolved inorganic phosphate. The data are collected in the field by a singularly dedicated …