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On August 11th, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated the opening of it's new Research and Education Center


celebrationIt was fitting when National Ocean Service Assistant Administrator Jack Dunnigan (above, left) joined former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, Elkhorn Slough NERR Manager Becky Christensen, Rep. Sam Farr, and California Fish and Game Director Ryan Broddrick in cutting the ribbon that opened the new buildings with pruning shears.

The $2.7 million, 3,500-square-foot complex provides new working space for research, education and stewardship work, most of which had previously been conducted in trailers or storage rooms. The new building is environmentally friendly, using recycled building materials and passive climate control rather than air conditioning.

celebrationMore than 100 volunteers and friends of the Reserve attended the celebration, which also included an awards luncheon to honor reserve volunteers. Here you see Linda Jordan and Jeana de la Torre receiving awards for contributing 2000 hours to bird research at the Reserve. Shirley Murphy (left) was also honored for contributing 5000 hours. Also honored were Peggy Casper and Caroline Rodgers, each contributing 1000 hours.


NOAA's Jack Dunnigan (right) also participated with National Geodetic Survey and reserve staff celebrationmembers (Reserve's Geographical Ecologist Eric Van Dyke on left) in the dedication of a new commemorative National Geodetic Survey Marker. This new marker is located on the side of the main trail leaving the visitor center, and will help scientists and others achieve high accuracy as they map events at the Reserve, including habitat change, sea level rise, and invasive species control. To find out more about NOAA's geodetic markers visit their website.


And no celebration would be complete without a visit from the Estuary Fairy...


Press coverage of the event:
..........Register Pajaronian 8/14/07
Monterey Herald 8/10/07
..........Santa Cruz Sentinel 8/12/07
..........NOAA's, NERR Website



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