Video by Edmund Lowe Photography, Russell Sharpe, and Juan Ramirez.
One of California’s last great coastal wetlands
A cradle of biodiversity in Monterey Bay
From oak-covered ridges to tidal salt marsh, Elkhorn Slough and its watershed is a remarkable meeting place between land and sea. Rare habitats for endangered wildlife nestle up against farms, towns, ranchlands, and industries. It’s a place to explore, discover, fall in love with, and care for—generation after generation.
Welcome to Elkhorn Slough
In the 1970s, an oil refinery was almost built here, but people banded together to stop it. Today, much of Elkhorn Slough is a sanctuary, protecting wildlife, wetlands, and natural spaces to enjoy.
"Scientists, researchers, and volunteers are working on an Olympian quest - to restore the Olympian oyster to once-historic levels at a coastal wetland along the Monterey Bay, an effort that may help to curb the impacts of the warming climate..."
"California's valuable remaining salt marshes are disappearing. Climate change, with its melting glaciers and warming seas, threatens to drown the remaining coastal marshes out of existence..."
Photo by Keith Ellenbogen