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Elkhorn Slough Habitats: Open Beaches

This habitat includes the beaches that line the Monterey Bay within the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The habitat we are focusing on here is the intertidal zone along those beaches - from the mean low low tides to the mean high high tide line. Within this zone you will find shorebirds like the snowy plover, the sanderling and the willet (above) feeding on the small organisms that call this wet sandy zone home. For more information about the dunes and terrestrial species along these beaches see the coastal dunes habitat.

We are currently featuring the following slough life from this habitat:

For a more complete look at the habitats of Elkhorn Slough, we recommend the book Changes in a California Estuary, available in our Bookstore.


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