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Mystery Structures on Hummingbird Island

In ESNERR, Staff Blog by Administrator

Hummingbird Island lies at the far end of the Reserve, an offshoot of the South Marsh Loop Trail just past the railroad tracks. This small swath of land is home to a couple interesting art installations that date back to the early days of the Reserve. We are asked a lot about what these structures are and how they came …

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Growing a New Generation of Elkhorn Slough Oysters

In Estuarine Conservation Research, Featured, Research, Science in Action Article, Staff Blog by Administrator

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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Cliff Swallows

In Birds, Slough Life, Staff Blog by Dave Feliz

“When the swallows come back to Capistrano That’s the day you promised to come back to me When you whispered, farewell in Capistrano Was the day the swallows flew out to the sea.”   This lovely song written by Leon Rene and first performed by the Ink Spots in 1940 illustrates how humans are affected by the rhythmic migration of …

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Arboreal Salamander

In Agricultural and Residential, Reptiles and Amphibians, Slough Life, Staff Blog, Woodlands by Dave Feliz

Among our western salamanders, Arboreal Salamanders send our thoughts aloft with only the mention of their name. Salamanders that climb trees? Indeed they do. The Arboreal Salamander Arboreal Salamanders (Aneides lugubris) are members of the lungless salamander family. They breathe through their moist skin. In order to keep their skin moist, they must stay under cover for much of the …

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Salamander Breeding Confirmed

In ESNERR, Freshwater, Reptiles and Amphibians, Staff Blog by Dave Feliz

The Elkhorn Slough crew has been working on creating fresh water wetlands in an interesting way. We haven’t had standing water on the surface for four years due to the drought. We embarked on a project to construct ponds and install pond liners to hold water more efficiently. We also devised ways to capture rain water and store it for …

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California Tiger Salamander

In ESNERR, Reptiles and Amphibians, Slough Life, Staff Blog by Dave Feliz

It started with a photograph on Facebook posted by wildlife rescue expert Rebecca Dmytryk. Her husband Duane had found a California Tiger Salamander in their driveway. We were pretty sure this species was found in our watershed but not certain. A couple of days later, Reserve worker Mike Curthoys told me he saw them on Strawberry Road. Two nights later …

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Life Around the Coast Live Oak

In Staff Blog, Woodlands by Dave Feliz

With the sub tropical deciduous forests of Mexico left well behind, the forests of California appear with increased frequency this morning. The Pacific Slope Flycatcher is moving north through the night when the familiar crescent shape of the Monterey Bay interrupts the California coastline at daybreak. Halfway up the shore of the bay a body of water extends east to …

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In Freshwater, Reptiles and Amphibians, Slough Life, Staff Blog, Woodlands by Dave Feliz

The crowd has worked themselves into a frenzy, convinced the lady they’ve cornered is a witch. John Cleese’s character provides the final bit of evidence. “She turned me into a newt.” The crowd is silenced, looking at his obvious non newt like condition………………..”I got better.”   Why do newts come to mind when witchcraft is parodied? Why is “eye of …