Please join us when Dr. Kerstin Wasson presents: From Oysters to Otters: Elkhorn Slough Ecology and How Estuarine Ecosystems are Changing.
This presentation provides an introduction to estuaries in general and Elkhorn Slough in particular, highlighting the habitats and biodiversity of this Central Coast gem. Four types of threats that face Elkhorn Slough, and many wetlands, will be discussed including hydrological alterations, pollution, invasive species, and climate change. For each, positive actions by conservation organizations and steps that individuals can take will be highlighted. Finally, trends in selected biological indicators will be examined including salt marsh, oysters, shorebirds and sea otters. Citizen scientists will be celebrated for helping to collect much of the data being used to track the health of Elkhorn Slough.
About Dr. Kerstin Wasson: Kerstin has been the Research Coordinator at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Central California for over 18 years. She is passionate about both oyster and salt marsh restoration, and has conducted many experiments on both. In addition to local, place-based work, Kerstin has led major collaborative projects across the network of National Estuarine Reserve Reserves. This spring, she was honored as a “National Wetland Hero” by the Environmental Law Institute. She nominated Elkhorn Slough as a wetland of international importance, and this fall, the estuary was designated as the 39th Ramsar site in the US.
Please join us as award winning photographer, Jodi Frediani, takes us on a visual journey featuring a wide variety of Monterey Bay marine species. From the enormous, feeding blue whale down to the tiny krill they feed upon, she’ll also showcase humpback, gray and killer whales, fish, otters, birds, dolphins and much more. She’ll explore the anchovy explosion that took the Bay by surprise in 2013, with a look back at historical wildlife patterns, before over-fishing, whaling and loss of wetlands brought major changes to the magnificent Bay at our doorsteps.
Jodi Frediani is an award-winning Monterey Bay based photographer specializing in imagery of marine species. In addition to photographing wildlife in its many forms and habitats, Frediani is engaged in humpback whale research both in Monterey Bay and the Dominican Republic. She works closely with California Whale Rescue providing photographic back up for entangled whales, and has assisted the California Academy of Sciences and Long Marine Lab with photographic documentation of whales injured and killed by ship strikes.
From 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, CA, 95076.
Admission is free, but seating is limited so please reserve a seat.