** ROAD UPDATES: Elkhorn Road is closed just SOUTH of the Reserve. When entering Elkhorn Road from the North it is open to the Reserve! Kirby Park remains closed.>>
CLICK HERE FOR A MAP to plan your alternate route. Call (831)728-2822 for more information OR click here for updated information from Monterey County.
This winter has provided us with a real rainy season. We are grateful for the much-needed water, yet so much in such a short time has caused some issues. Elkhorn Road south of the Reserve has been severally damaged and will be closed for an extended period of time. The Reserve has suffered through power outages, downed trees, and trail damage. Our goal is to be open and share this amazing place with you and we know you’ll be understanding of the inconvenience of road and/or trail closures. Check here or our Facebook page for status updates.
The proposed budget from the White House outlines severe cuts to NOAA's funding. NOAA is the primary funder for the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and losing this funding will have a drastic impact on the work happening at the Elkhorn Slough.
You can help us protect this funding for scientific research, wetland restoration, and so much more, with some simple action today:
Spring is a wonderful time to explore our watershed and there is still room and time to sign up for our spring events including:
April 9th Walk Among the Wildflowers at Porter Ranch. Kim Hayes, ESF Stewardship Director, talks about the history of this ranch, ESF's holistic management of the rangeland, and of course the flowers. The fields should be ablaze in color from the blooming lupine and poppies.
April 22nd we’ll celebrate Earth Day with a special poetry workshop led by local poet and author Patrice Vecchione at our Porter Ranch property.
Did you know that the Reserve's researchers continue to have their work published in scientific journals?
Estuaries and Coasts just published a study conducted by the Reserve's Research team lead by Rikke Jeppesen, Ph. D, which investigated how the lack of dissolved oxygen in the water affects fish and oysters in the slough. Water control structures such as tide gates play a major role in managing water flow at the slough, but it does have impacts on water quality and life in the slough.
Elkhorn Slough Foundation – PO Box 267, Moss Landing, CA 95039