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Elkhorn Slough Calendar

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Ongoing public events at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Meet at the Reserve (map). For more information call (831) 728-2822.

  • Tours of the Reserve - Join knowledgeable docents on a tour of the Reserve every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Early Bird Tour - A special birding tour of the Reserve, the first Saturday of the month.
  • Greenhouse Volunteer Drop-in - Second Wednesday of every month, NEW TIME: 10am - 12:00 noon, at ESNERR. Join the ESNERR stewardship team for propagation activities in the nursery. Gloves, tools, and light snacks provided.
  • Stewardship Volunteer Drop-in - There will be no volunteer drop-in in July. In August, volunteer drop-in will resume in August to every Monday, except holidays at ESNERR. 10am - 12 noon. Projects and sites change weekly. We provide gloves, tools, and light snacks. Call 831-728-2822 for details.

Regular Reserve and Visitor Center hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Reserve and Visitor Center are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When the Reserve is closed you cannot access the trails, restrooms,
visitor center, or bookstore.


The Secret Life of "Snowies"
Saturday, April 26th 10am
- 12 noon
10:00 am Lecture at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Biologists on hand at Moss Landing State Beach 11:15 am to noon.

Right now on our local beaches male snowy plovers are guarding tiny hatchlings, distracting predators to protect their flightless chicks. Even regular beachgoers may never notice these birds, but daily their miniature dramas unfold just above the tideline.

Elkhorn Slough is home to one of the Central Coast’s most robust populations of Western snowy plovers, a federally threatened species. Come learn more about these fascinating creatures and get the hang of spotting them in the field. Biologists will be on hand with scopes for a window into the secret lives of “snowies.”

Kriss Neuman is a wildlife biologist for Point Blue Conservation Science. She promotes the recovery of the federally threatened Western snowy plover by monitoring nesting biology, tracking populations, and improving management of this incredible species.

Fee: Suggested donation $5

Rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors. Snacks will be provided.



Sketching at the Slough
Sunday, May 4th begins at 9:30am

We'll take a gentle walk up to a lovely knoll on property conserved by the Foundation, which provides sweeping views of the Monterey Bay, as well as close up views of maritime chaparral.   Local artist, Laura Vollset will lead a workshop to bring out your sketching talents while you enjoy the beauty of this natural setting. 

Laura Vollset is a freelance artist and illustrator based in Santa Cruz, but originally from the UK. She completed a graduate program in science illustration at UCSC in 2008 and has worked with the Smithsonian, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, among others.  See some of Laura's work on a poster she's doing for Elkhorn Slough.

Fee:  $25 for non-members, $15 for members with Member Code




New Member Sunset Stroll
Friday, May 30th begins at 6:15pm

We invite all new members (anyone that become a Foundation member during 2013 till now) to come with us to see one of the Foundation's conserved properties.  The highlight of the walk will watching the sunset over the Monterey Bay from a small knoll that rises above the land.  On the walk we'll talk about the restoration work your membership helps to support.
Good walking shoes are advised, but the walk is for all levels. 

Fee:  This is a free member only event. 




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