Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing

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Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Come enjoy and explore the Elkhorn Slough.

We are one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserve,which provides scientists to study the unique environment of the wetlands. The Reserve also hosts more than 7,000 school students each year.

You can enjoy this amazing environment too. There are more than 340 bird species that live or migrate through the Reserve. We have an awarding winning visitor center, which offers weekend tours. And there are more than 5 miles of walking trails to explore.

For more information, please visit the Elkhorn Slough Foundation's Face Book page.
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  • We had a wonderful morning kayaking Elkhorn Slough. This is a great time of year to go because there are seal pups and sea otter babies. We saw dozens of seals and sea otters. It was low tide and...  more »
  • If you don't have much time, you can see a lot of the wildlife from the bridge or a walkway. It is tons more fun, though, to rent a kayak or a water bike and paddle through the Slough.  more »
  • A nice nature preserve with short and long trails around ponds and fjords. Hummingbird Island was a nice walk over the train tracks, with a few hummingbirds flying around (more dragonflies, tho). The visitors center is nice, with lots of things to touch and see, but aside from a lot of benches to sit and enjoy the scenery, there aren't any signs or plaques that explain what's happening or why...
  • The Reserve is a great spot for a short half mile) or long hike (about 2 miles RT), depending on your mood. If you pick the right trail, you might see the local birds, otters, seals, rays, and an occasional shark. Ask the very nice rangers what they’ve seen that day. Check the tides also; best animal and bird viewing is when the tides are up. And don’t forget to wipe your feet before you go out there. They are protecting the native species from foreign cooties.

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