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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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Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

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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 …