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From Oysters to Otters: Elkhorn Slough Ecology

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.

Event Details

Event Date 03-14-2019 6:30 pm
Event End Date 03-14-2019 8:30 pm
Capacity 70
Cut off date 03-14-2019 8:00 am
Individual Price Free
Location Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center
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