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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, California

Elkhorn Slough, a former river mouth, is the largest salt marsh and tidal estuary south of San Francisco Bay. Much of it has been protected as the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and offers research, education, and recreational opportunities.

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Boat launch on Upper Elkhorn Slough

Boat launch on Upper Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is a popular area for birdwatching and paddling in kayaks and canoes

Kirby Park on Elkhorn Slough, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Visitor center at the Elkhorn Slough Preserve

Visitor center at the Elkhorn Slough Preserve

Exhibits on estuarine ecology at the Elkhorn Slough preserve

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Preserve, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Overlook Point at the Elkhorn Slough Preserve

Overlook Point at the Elkhorn Slough Preserve

The 1400-acre Elkhorn Slough preserve protects both tidal and upland areas on the southeast side of the complex estuary

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Preserve, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Horse-drawn duck blind at Elkhorn Slough

Horse-drawn duck blind at Elkhorn Slough

A horse-drawn duck blind from the days of the Empire Gun Club

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Preserve, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Marsh restoration at Elkhorn Slough

Marsh restoration at Elkhorn Slough

This area was drained and used as pasture for 40 years but since 1983 has been returning to natural marsh

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Preserve, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Oak forest on the uplands at Elkhorn Slough

Oak forest on the uplands at Elkhorn Slough

Groves of low-growing California live oak on the uplands of the Elkhorn Slough preserve

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Preserve, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Parsons Slough overlook at Elkhorn Slough

Parsons Slough overlook at Elkhorn Slough

Parsons Slough is a five-fingered branch of Elkhorn Slough and the site of a record one-day bird count - 116 species on October 31 1982

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Preserve, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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